Is forgiveness that has to be paid for really "forgiveness"?

From John Hick's The Metaphor of God Incarnate:
The basic fault of the traditional understandings of salvation within the Western development of Christianity is that they have no room for divine forgiveness! For a forgiveness that has to be bought by the bearing of a just punishment, or the giving of an adequate satisfaction, or the offering of a sufficient sacrifice, is not forgiveness, but merely an acknowledgment that the debt has been paid in full. (127)

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Blogger David Henson said...

What an excellent point!

12:05 p.m.  
Blogger PrickliestPear said...

Isn't it? It seems so obvious when it's expressed this way.

5:55 p.m.  

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