What does God's forgiveness look like?
#1
Basically, does God remember our sins after we confess them? Or is it as though we had never committed them? Or is it somewhere in between? I mean, when we forgive someone, we don't hold their actions against them but we always remember that they committed the actions. Is it the same with God?
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Per atonement theology, the sins are gone but there still remains the temporal punishment due for them. Hence the necessity of penance after confession. Kind of like if you break someone's window, they may forgive you, but they still have a broken window that needs to be fixed. If you keep committing the same sins and never amend your life, then the confessions are simply invalid and the sins still stand.

Otherwise, no. God does not hold grudges against people. God is love, one who loves does not hold grudges.
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Right, I understand the part about temporal punishment. Thanks for the second part, though. So is God's forgiveness perfect, since He's perfect? Does the restoration of sanctifying grace wipe out the fact that we lost it in the first place?
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(09-05-2019, 08:39 PM)Birdie Wrote: Right, I understand the part about temporal punishment. Thanks for the second part, though. So is God's forgiveness perfect, since He's perfect? Does the restoration of sanctifying grace wipe out the fact that we lost it in the first place?

Minus the temporal punishment, basically yes. Once you regain sanctifying grace you return to your state of purity before the mortal sin, replete with the graces which you once had.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
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