I recently ran an educational event for a society concerned with Mysticism and as such, gave the first speech. I recorded it "on the fly," so there are problems with the recording, and I had to cut a few comments that were too soft to be picked up at all by my head-mounted microphone. What follows is the script I wrote for the first three-quarters of the presentation. ================================================================== The first thing to understand is that we are not really discussing the traditional idea of forgiveness. We are talking about a whole new ballgame. This really is not your parents idea of forgiveness. Let's have an example of old-school forgiveness. "Well, you really did it. This is a real, and a really bad, situation, and it happens to be your fault. But I'm going to forgive you for what you did. You don't deserve this, but I'm just so much more perfect than you, I'm going to do this anyway. Because I have Jesus. By the way, you don't. And you will always be screwing up. You could stop screwing up, but you wont. Because your not as great a person as I am. You could begin to agree with me about everything, but you won't. You could even believe every last thing I believe. But you won't. So, unlike me, there is no hope of you going to heaven. I will, but you wont. And I might not look sad about this, but I really do feel sorry for you."
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