Understanding God's Forgiveness
Christianity is unique among world religions in that it presents peace and reconciliation with the Creator of mankind through grace, mercy, and sacrifice at God’s expense. This is in opposition to meriting goodness from the higher power based on our natural goodness or abilities, earning it through obedience and good works, or merely praying that the Lord will be nice. The richness of our Lutheran heritage includes presenting this Gospel message to the Lord’s people and allowing it to have the most prominent place in worship, preaching, Bible study, chapel, Sunday School lessons, and the like. For the first few years, most children are satisfied to hear that Jesus forgives all sins. In the course of child development, however, it doesn’t take too many years before the child recognizes that some sins are more severe or damaging than others, and he wonders if God can truly forgive all sins in Christ.