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Anonymous asked: I just wanted to point out to nataliestiener that to forgive and to have mercy on a person are two entirely different things. Eg if a friend were to kiss a person you fancied, if you were forgive them, you move on. You forget their mistake and youdon't hold a grudge. If you had mercy on them, it's like saying, 'you deserve to be beaten up, you did something really horrible, but I wont beat you because I'm a good person'- you do hold a grudge. If God was all loveing, he would forgive you.
Absolutely true which is why it is so hard to defend the complex god Christians create when they empower him with too much perfection. You end up with contradictions. Justice is another factor that needs to be figured in with forgiveness and mercy. If god is merciful to someone, can he still be just? If he provides mercy to one does that deny justice to another? If he forgives, how are those that are wronged to receive restitution? He could be merciful, he could be forgiving, or he could be just but all 3 can not be perfectly embodied in one being because one would leave the other lacking.