Abraham Variations IV: Even The Most Righteous and Blameless

Neil Remington Abramson has commented on the Abraham and Isaac (and the Hagar and Ishmael) story here, here and here, in the context of a discussion of…

Here, he comments further:

Interestingly, in the Rabbinic literature on punishment, repentance, and forgiveness, some argue that if the harm-doer sincerely repents, and the person harmed refuses to forgive, that refusal constitutes a sin that in turn requires repentance and forgiveness.

We are all sinners. Even the most righteous and blameless people sin.

What a better world it would be if we could find it in our hearts to sincerely repent our actions, without reservation.

What a better world it would be if we could find it in our hearts to sincerely forgive harms we had received, without reservation.

And wouldn’t we all be happier if we could get along with each other as if we had never harmed, or been harmed by each other?

Perhaps we would find that we could still live in the Garden of Eden, despite our failings.

And perhaps we could still yet turn out as God had always hoped.
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And, as Father Fitz said

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