Forgiveness is God’s command. ~ Martin Luther
I grew up in an oppressive religious environment, as I know many of you did. I can think of stronger words. But “oppressive” will do for now.
One of my church’s most prominent teachings painted an image of God as a fierce and vengeful old white man. If you didn’t do as he said (really, what the church said he said), you were headed for hell and eternal damnation.