The unforgivable act?
Should Japanese war criminals, who tortured my Dads friend during construction of the Burma railway, be forgiven?
Should Ian Brady, a man who finds pleasure from denying his final victims mother a body to greave over, be forgiven?
Should I forgive the bombers of July 7th 2005?
I believe the answer to all of these is no. All these criminals were adults, they surely knew the difference between right and wrong. If they thought murder and torture was right, then they are evil and deserve no forgiveness. In the case of the bombers, their attack was premeditated, they had months, if not years to contemplate their actions. If they were here to see the result of their actions I believe they may show repentance, however, in committing suicide they forfeited their chance to show sorrow. I can sympathise with being a young man growing up in this scary, daunting and harsh world, at one point I was striving to forgive. However it wouldn’t benefit me and would be a lie. I do not hate them, but I am content to not forgive them.
Many Christians believe murder to be ‘the unforgivable act‘. I agree.
I cannot forgive their actions.
Update(14th March 2.00pm) : On reading this back I have changed my mind on some points, I don't believe they were evil and I am definately moving towards forgiveness, but I don't think I can forgive in entirity. Please follow my comments and future posts, I will leave this post up as it is a reflection of my feelings at a specific time, but feelings I am moving away from.