Do you think it’s important to forgive others?
I really hate it when people say you need to forgive others that have wronged you in order to move on. Do you believe that’s true?
Obviously, forgiveness is an important part of Christianity and Jesus — is that where these ideas stem from? I don’t even think I understand the whole notion of forgiveness.
I’m thinking about this right now because I was in an abusive situation with someone at my workplace for 11 months. They were finally kicked out of the program last summer and I’ve dealt with a lot of anxiety and anger ever since. My supervisor referred me to our EAP and I am now in treatment for PTSD.
Could I ever forgive that person? Should I? Would it help anything?
Things have gotten a lot better for me since starting therapy last November, but occasionally those negative thoughts still invade my brain. Tonight seems to be one of those nights.
Christians put a lot of emphasis on this topic, but I don’t think I’ve ever really heard a perspective from a fellow atheist.
Is forgiveness important?