Forgiveness: One of THE Greatest Witnesses of Spiritual Transformation

From my discussions with a number of Japanese students during English class, one of the things that most impressed them about Christianity was on its emphasis on forgiveness. A common phrase I would hear in various places of Japanese culture was “Zettai Yurusanai!”, which means, “I refuse to forgive!” But what ran both counter-cultural to their perspective, AND impressed them, was the notion of vicarious suffering (on behalf of others) combined with complete forgiveness, which is found in Christ on the Cross! Though many aspects of Christianity seem very foreign to them, such as “the Son of God dying in our place”, other parts definitely engender a certain awe and respect, such as Jesus C

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