If this is true, then Jesus must really have it in for all you Gentiles. (I'd say Jews, too, except for the part where you lot don't believe in Jesus, so his forgiveness-as-revenge ploy would go unnoticed. Mazal Tov.)
Who the hell forgives out of revenge? That's got to be one of the most passive forms of revenge ever. Passive revenge isn't even revenge; it's just gutless. And unsatisfactory. Revenge is about oneupmanship, eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, satisfaction. How is forgiveness satisfactory when you realise you haven't actually forgiven the person?
You know, when it comes down to it, there really isn't any such thing as forgiveness. As long as you remember what the person did, you're never going to really forgive them. Which means true forgiveness only ever happens in Alzheimer's patients.
So, the moral of this is: forgiveness as revenge is defeat.
Dr. Gregory House
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