December 25th, 2010
Received by FAB
I am here, Jesus.
You seek clarification. I said through Mr. Padgett,
“As for the healing act which I performed at the pool of Bethsaida, I am reported to have said, “Is it easier to say, ‘take up thy bed and walk,’ than for God to forgive your sin?”
Well, that is the way it was recorded, but that is not what I said. Actually I said,
“That thou may know that the son of man through the Power of God can forgive sin, I say unto you, take up thy bed and walk.”
The impression you have is that I was saying literally that I could forgive sin. But then I go on to say,
“It was only as God’s instrument in showing man the Way to his Divine Love that I could bring about forgiveness of sin, and not by any power of my own. If God did not forgive, I could not, and neither can any man.”
So what I was saying was that I was merely used by God, and that it is God and God alone who Forgives sin.
Now let me address your other concern. Certainly, mortals can forgive the sins that others inflict on them. This is necessary on the spiritual path. This is forgiveness of the effect of that sin. But it is only God who Can Forgive, and therefore Erase, the sin itself.