Allegedly ''Jesus held out hope of forgiveness even to prostitutes and tax collectors (considered among the vilest sinners in his day) who appreciated their need of him and repented of their former course of conduct. As he told his critics: "Persons in health do not need a physician, but the ailing do. . . . I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners.'' WT 15th Jan '75.
Do you think Jesus would have forgiven and associated with child abusers/paedophiles if they were truly repentant?
Or would he take the view that it is in their nature and therefore would have nothing to do with them?
Would he associate with gluttons as it is possibly in their nature too?
Prostitution and tax collecting is not normally viewed as part of a persons make up but something they choose to do (excluding forced tax collecting of course).
''it is evident that Jesus was not accepting people in their sins as they were. Rather, one of the most important aspects of his ministry was to cure men of their spiritual illnesses, enabling them to be accepted by God because of their changed way of life'' WT 15th Aug '74
I'm confused as to whether, Christians believe in forgiveness of pretty well anything if the person appears to be repentant, or not.