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Marc Coleman: Forgive debtors or risk wrath of God

Contrary to what Pat Rabbitte says, the promissory note has been paid, but there is still hope.

Some of us are still traditional enough to believe Christmas is more about moral messages than giving gifts. And my favourite moral message of all is in the parable contained in Matthew chapter 18, verse 21, which basically goes like this: A master forgives one of his servants of a massive debt only to find that the same servant has had one of his own slaves imprisoned for a far lesser debt. Cue righteous anger and the wrath of God and the hypocritical servant is ultimately tortured, jailed and probably killed. Such is the penalty for moral inconsistency in the Bible. So – as we saw last week – it is in politics too.

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