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   Then Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to 7 times?”

   Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to 7 times, but up to 70 times 7.”

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–Matthew 18:21-22

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The implication is that God does the same to us.

To see why that scares me to death…go through the DOOR.

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   Am I doomed when I sin the 491st time¹?

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   ¹ Several times we’ve discussed literal vs metaphorical (or symbolic) interpretation. What does common sense call for? With this particular passage, we gravitate away from a literal interpretation toward a metaphoric one, or “to be generous in forgiving” since “490″ is an obvious hyperbole, or exaggeration.

   But if we look at the other side of the coin, the possibility of any literal, fundamentalist interpretation is immediately shelved because we believe–or certainly hope–that God’s forgiveness doesn’t stop at the 490th time we sin against Him!  (And other Scripture declares that God’s forgiveness is endless to those who trust in Him.)