Originally Posted by joel
Sorry for my slow response to this post. It got buried by some others and I missed it.
I don't understand you comments about "paraptoma" - where did you get that information? The passage states:
Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses (paraptoma). 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses (paraptoma).God's forgiveness of our "paraptoma" is identical to God's forgiveness of our sins, which is the essence of the Gospel message. Paul says that Jesus was "delivered for our offences (paraptoma)" (Rom 4:25), and explains the entire Gospel using this word (every occurrence of paraptoma in bold):
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 ¶ Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. We see the same thing in 2 Corinthians:
2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses (paraptoma) unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.And in Ephesians, where paraptoma is translated as "sins" -
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins (paraptoma), according to the riches of his grace;Jesus did not say that "God would not hear our prayers" if we do not forgive, he said God would not forgive our "paraptoma" if we did not forgive others. And the forgiveness of our "paraptoma" is the essential message of the Gospel as taught by Paul in many of his epistles.
All the best,