in order to be forgiven (to salvation) by God, there is a need to repent by turning to Jesus.
That is inaccurate and, again, the teaching of men (or perhaps your own understanding, again). There is a need to turn to Christ, yes... in order to be a member of the Body of Christ... and thus a co-ruler with for him 1,000 years in his kingdom. And there is NO LIMIT to the number of people who can BE in that Body (although only a few will be, because only a few find the Way IN). However, for those who will be SUBJECTS of that kingdom:
“... the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world."
Why do these inherit? My Lord is recorded to have said:
" For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’"
Of course, that raises the questions, doesn't it:
“‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? W hen did we ever see you sick or in prison and care for or visit you?’ "
Which my Lord wonderfully answered:
“... the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,you were doing it to me!’
And who would be the LEAST of his brothers and sisters? Even a Pharisaical Jew. The LEAST... of "these." Which, at the time, was the Jews. But not ONCE did he say that they would inherit because they were repentant. Indeed, some of these will not have even known him before he calls them "sheep." He becomes their "Lord"... when they realize they are about to receive a blessing FROM him.
Thus, they are like Rahab, the prostitute in Jericho, who saved her entire household. Of what did she "repent"? Nothing. She saved her entire household not because she repented of being a prostitute but because she had FAITH in the God of the Israelitesanddemonstrated that FAITH by hiding His servants in her house. And although her family was initially camped outside of Israel (because they had to be circumcised, etc., before being allowed in), they apparently joined the nation of Israel at some point and then followed/worshipped the Most Holy One of Israel. THAT would be the "turning"... and it makes sense that she would be repentant THEN. Just in order to be a part of Israel. But that was AFTER she received a blessing... and was saved... for her FAITH.
otherwise God forgives everyone
Again, inaccurate. It is not upon God to forgive everyone; it is upon US... because that is what His Son said WE should do. And we are to listen... to HIM. You can't "turn" TO him, as you're indicating... and not listen to him. However, he said that vengeance... belongs to God. So, God does not HAVE to forgive; He is WELL within His right... when He doesn't. We, however, DO. Why? Because (1) the One to whom God gave all authority said we should, and (2) we want to be forgiven. Since "we" (Israel) simply couldn't grasp what that looked like... forgiving even our enemies, even the unrepentant... He sent His Son. And that Son showed us what WE are to do. He not only forgave those who impaled him... and those who caused it... but asked the Father to forgive them as well.
And so, they WILL be... because HE released them. Even though not a one of them was repentant at the time... or repented before such forgiveness was granted. And most didn't after, either.
We cannot be like God and NOT forgive; that right belongs to Him ONLY. We MUST be like His SON... who forgave even his unrepentant enemies.
there is no need to turn to Jesus or God for that matter because God does what ever Jesus tells Him to do..."Father forgive them"
The Father absolutely DOES do whatever my Lord asks Him to... especially forgiving whomever my Lord asks Him to:
If you forgive anyone’s sins, they areforgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Surely, we don't have more power than Christ, the One to whom ALL authority... even to request forgiveness for unrepentant people... has been given?? Surely, if WE can ask ANYTHING... and it be granted US... surely HE can ask and recieve WHATEVER he asks for from the Father?
But in saying that one must turn to Christ or God to be forgiven is misleading. One can so "TURN"... simply by forgiving... even an enemy:
"I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even the people of the nations do that."
If you forgive only those who are "repentant"... how really are you different from the "people of the nations"... those who do not know God? My Lord then stated:
"But youare to be perfect...even as your Father in heaven is perfect."
If God then gives sunlight to both good AND bad people... and rain upon the just AND the unjust... how it is that we can pick and choose between whom we should forgive? We should forgive ALL. Unfortunately, we're not always ABLE to do so. Which is a sin. And for that... there is the blood of Christ.
You're missing the entire point, Michelle. And it is because you don't WANT to forgive some. And so this author's thinking... which obviously comports with yours... provides a very convenient way to get around it while still holding a "good" conscience: we only have to forgive those who are repentant. That is melarkey. I wasn't repentant when I found Christ... or, rather, when he found me. Heck, I didn't even know half of what I should have been repentant about. He is the One who showed me... and still shows me.
I can BE shown, however, because I hear him. I hear him because I found... and was found... BY him. I was found because of my faith. Which led... to my repentance.
Get this, and you just might start working YOUR way back... to true faith... and repentance.
A slave of Christ,