My story of getting smacked in the face with a rake is meant to teach an ancient lesson that those of use living in modern society can relate to.
In the book of John in the New Testament, the story of Jesus saving a woman caught in the act of adultery is told. As a child, I thought of it as a fairy tale, not of something that actually happened. In Christian nations stoning is rarely done. I could not imagine it was something people actually did.
Today, stoning other people to death is still practiced in half a dozen countries with a large Muslim population. This was the law as handed down from Moses in the Old Testament. Jesus saved the adulterer by saying “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” and all the people who were prepared to kill her left. I always thought that Jesus forgave her, but he didn’t. When I read John 8 again I found that when the two of them were left, Jesus asked her “Has no one condemned you?” “No one” she replied. Then “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more”
The way I see it, Jesus did not judge her, did not condemn her and, therefore, there was #Nothing2Forgive
I think in order to forgive, you must first judge and condemn. What do you think?