I'm finally beginning my probe of the meaning of the LP petition to God to
forgive us our "debts"/"sins", and, as always, I want to bounce off the
collective wisdom of the B-Greek, Synoptic-L, and Crosstalk lists an
idea that struck me while reading Lohmeyer's treatment of this plea.
If my reading of the relevant literature is correct, the "debts"/"sins"
referred to in Matt. 6:12/Lk. 11:4a is usually taken to mean something the
disciples have done against *God*, i.e., 'Forgive us our "debts"/"sins"' =
'Forgive us, God, the wrongs we have done *you*".' But may not the words
"debts"/"sins" here have the meaning "the wrongs we have done *others*",
so that what we have in the petition is a link to Jesus' teaching
elsewhere in the Synoptic tradition specifying that those who are true
hUOI TOU QEOU are those who love and do no wrong/harm to their enemies,
who are willing to treat them as God treats them?
What is the meaning (or more particularly, the focus) of "debts"/"sins"