9. Thinking about Forgiveness and Restoration (salvation)

Dear Abdullah


Thank you for your last letter! It actually was an unexpected surprise to me! Thank you very much for your effort to reply in such a comprehensive and understanding manner!


I do admit that my last letter contained depressing news from God, when we look at the universality and severity of sin. Maybe this is best understood when looking at our Test Stone that Jesus calls the ‘Great Commandment’. It really is the sum total of the Law of God and the Ten Commandments:


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind . . . and . . . love your neighbour as yourself!” (Matthew 22:37, 39).


This is God’s plan and desire for us. Anything short of that is ‘missing the aim’. You will recall this allegory from my last letter.


Yet we may well be governed by our self-will, and or self-gratification instead of God’s will. We say that we believe in God, but often act quire differently. But sin has consequences. The Bible simply states:


“Your iniquities have separated you from your God” (Isaiah 59:2).


Sin is like a ‘red card’, given to a foul player in a soccer match. It means: “You are out!”


The last book in the Bible records a vision of the devastating consequence of sin with a most tragic end: