Thursday, October 6, 2016
@TonyHilling "THE GOD WHO FORGIVES"
There was a whole gamut of responses ranging from anger and vindictiveness to complete ignorance of how to respond at all to such a request. Some even doubted the veracity of whether the incident happened at all. Others who knew Wiesenthal well, accepted the matter at face value. One interesting response came from fellow Austrian, Franz Cardinal Konig. He explained that Jesus preached that there was no limit to forgiveness. But he deftly remarked that given the horrors that Jews like Wiesenthal had experienced, an explicit pardon would have been “…beyond our concept of the human.” The Cardinal went on to say that the dying soldier clearly believed in God, and Wiesenthal had listened to him and showed him sympathy. The soldier somehow felt accepted or he would never have bequeathed him his personal belongings.
Returning to Wiesenthal’s remorseful soldier, perhaps this young man had some remnant of nobility of spirit that led him to unburden his terrible crimes to a Jew, a representative of the nation he had persecuted. He had the opportunity no doubt to speak to a pastor or priest, but he wanted to do more. I can’t help thinking though, that he spoke to the wrong Jew—no offence intended against Simon Wiesenthal. There is another Jew who is simply beyond the concept of the human. Only He could address the sin done to others Jews; indeed, the sins of the whole world.</b>
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