popular understandings of the Forgiveness Petition in the LP
- With apologies for cross posting
In the draft of my book on the Lord's/Disciple's Prayer I have claimed that what most contemporary Christians think they are praying for when they say “Forgive us our trespasses/debts/sins as we forgive those who trespass/sin against us” is either (1) a remittance of expected punishment for the sins they have individually committed or (B) a release from any and all guilt that is experienced on account of them, since more often than not, the “us” and the “our” and the “we” of the prayer is transmuted consciously or unconsciously into “me”, “my” and “I”.
I'm wondering if List Folk here will help me document this claim by pointing me to online sermons about, and discussions of, the petition and/or places in printed commentaries (devotional or otherwise) where such views are openly stated. I'll need as much bibliographical information on these citations as possible.
With thanks in advance,
-- --- Jeffrey B. Gibson D.Phil. Oxon. 1500 W. Pratt Blvd Chicago, IL jgibson000@...