…And the reason for this is simple. If you turn your face from God, how can God forgive you?
_________By the way… “forgiveness” works a bit differently than what we think about on Earth. Built into the Law of Karma is an automatic “forgiveness”. This concept is explained in the short definition of Karma: As you sow, so shall you reap.
That is, with each bit of Karma one does [act of evil], two things happen. One is that you will receive re-education for that in some Hell, and… that exact same act will be done against you in either this very lifetime, or some future lifetime. This is part of the reason for Reincarnation. Without Reincarnation, it would not be possible for a person to “learn” the lessons of Karma.
And this cycle of Karma will continue until such time as you wake up to the fact that is it you who keeps it going by refusing to assume responsibility for the Karma, and blaming others for what is happening to you.
When you finally wake up to the fact that what is happening to you now is taking place because it was originally initiated by you against another… And what is happening to you now… was originally done to another by you. This awareness is due to Enlightenment, and it is often quite embarrassing and humbling, and when you forgive the person returning your Karma to you… that usually Completes that particular bit of Karma.
And, once again, people have no idea that what they have been taught is not the Psychology of the ancient Greeks, but is theoretical [Delusional] misrepresentation] by B. F. Skinner, and perpetuated over the last century.
Peace, Brother James