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Reaching for Repentance

Should Eliot Spitzer be forgiven?

Published: May 9, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 22

(22) Titus, June 7, 2009 5:17 PM

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Which is worse what Eliot Spitzer has done or Mr. Madoff Even both should be forgiven with Mr.Spitzer what should they do to show real repentance. Money taken give it back. I got a stone do you want it to cast.

(21) Anonymous, May 22, 2009 7:57 AM

who should forgive?

If his wife and family forgive him, why should'nt I? But I would never vote for him or trust his opinion.

(20) L Kanterman, May 16, 2009 1:30 PM

forgiveness

forgiveness from G-d: of course, if repentance is sincere. forgiveness from his family: dependant on them. forgiveness from society and restoration to a position of public trust: out of the question. Once the public trust has been violated in such an extreme way, expecting or even asking for a second chance is extreme chutzpah. Anybody going to give Bernie Madoff a 2nd chance to invest their money, even if he repents? This is the same.

(19) Ashley Bell, May 16, 2009 6:42 AM

Nature of sin wiped clean by Nature of G-d.

An act may be a the result of a poor choice, the act of atoning for one's sins is never a poor choice in the light of realising the gravity of commiting a human error. What is the point of Yom Kippur if we can't be forgiven & start again with a fresh outlook? The nature of G-d is forgiving, so I think we should emulate that aspect of the nature of G-d when considering the wrongful deeds of others & ourselves...

(18) thomas, May 14, 2009 8:35 PM

who should forgive

Eliot Spitzer, to me, is like many politicians in that he will only own up (tell the truth, *or* part) when he has nowhere to hide. It is not for you *or* for me to forgive *or* condone. Only God can do that and we are not God.

Personally I do not trust this man. He has given enough reason to see that he cannot be trusted and I do not want such as he to be a leader in our political arena. We have had too much wontoness, avrice and self admiration in too many of our leaders. These will untimately punish themselves. We can only try to make sure that we do not place such men in positions of authority.

I hold no claim on goodness so I cannot throw the first stone. Can you? Can anyone? Only God can forgive.

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