Does forgiveness have to relate to religion?

Because forgiveness is a moral virtue and because people of faith and no faith can practice the virtues and can be motivated to grow in the virtues, then it follows that forgiveness need not be connected with a religion.  Yet, some would say that forgiveness not only is your own actions toward an offender but also your cooperation with God’s grace to bring this about.  From this perspective, religion as a dispensing of divine grace would be necessary for deep forgiveness.

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  1. I would like to add to Dr. Bob’s statement from a Biblical perspective. Forgiveness is an act of obedience, and very hard to do without Divine Intervention from God’s GRACE!

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