The real reasons behind ‘go and sin no more’

The real reasons behind ‘go and sin no more’

When you read the words of Jesus: “go and sin no more,” there is a temptation to summarise that the Gospel is all about telling people to stop sinning. At other times, it appears to be about believing that Jesus says this because God is holy and wants us to be holy so that we can dwell with Him. There are also undertones of the threat of going to hell.   When I looked at these verses, however, I see a different pattern emerging when I approach them from the perspective of understanding God’s love for humankind. Basically, I am seeing two new strands which are not really discussed but which I believe are even more powerful and in effect the best way to understand these stories. First, in every situation that Jesus said: Go and sin no more,...

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