Monday, 26 March 2007

God: "No apology necessary for slave trade"

In response to recent questions about the need for apologies for the slave trade, God has issued the following statement:

“Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right. He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live.

Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood or does any of these other things (though the father has done none of them). Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he will surely be put to death and his blood will be on his own head.

But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things. He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live.

Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’

Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”

(For the full statement, go here.)

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