Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement (Sistine Chapel)

When I was growing up in the Catholic Church, we were constantly reminded we needed forgiveness for all our sins, great and small. There was no way we were going to make it to heaven unless we constantly begged God to forgive us.

There was even a part of the Sunday Mass service where we were required to say “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you. Only say the word and I shall be healed.”

I struggled with all that, even back when I was a faithful Catholic—many years ago now. I wondered why God made so many unworthy beings who needed to beg endlessly for forgiveness.

Today, of course, I’ve left all that behind me. But we still hear a lot about forgiveness—not so much in a religious context but in a broader spiritual context.

Why do we need forgiveness?


Let us start with this thought: You do not need forgiveness if you have not judged another (or yourself) to begin with. If you do not judge there is nothing to forgive in others or yourself. It’s that simple.

Despite what some religious and spiritual teachings say, God is not your judge. You’ve projected your own limitations (whether or not you view them as limitations) on God.

God will not judge you after your physical body dies and you return to the realms of spirit. God is love, as many of you say. How can God be love and judge you at the same time? It’s not possible.

God allows you to choose whatever path you want in this lifetime. S/he does not judge your actions or words to be “right” or “wrong.” Only you do that. In God’s view, right and wrong do not exist. Everything just is.

The key to learning nonjudgement is to see yourself and others as God does—with only compassion and love. Allow everyone to be okay just as they are. Everyone is doing the best they can in the moment.

Loving allowance is the key to releasing judgement. Once you have released judgement there is no need to forgive anyone for anything.


In this video Pragito Dove, talks about forgiveness.

Related links:
Compassion and Connectedness
The Law of Allowance
Unlimited Friendliness


What does forgiveness mean to you. Is there anyone in your life you need to forgive—maybe even yourself? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.

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