Updated: May 17, 2019
Rahma is the arabic word for "Mercy". What do we know of mercy?
In order to truly understand the word mercy from a spiritual perspective we must observe and understand the actual meaning of the word.
The word Mercy is defined as,
compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power;compassion or benevolence.
the disposition or discretionary power to be compassionate or forbearing.
an act of kindness, compassion, or favor.
When speaking of Forbearance ,
To keep oneself from doing something; hold back; refrain: forbear from making a comment
To be tolerant or patient in the face of provocation (incited to anger or resentment).
To refrain from; resist
To restrain oneself so as not (to do something)
In referencing the Christian perspective of mercy, it is understood that the ALMIGHTY ONE will be "compassionate" and "forbearing" towards the offenders of the Law or HIS enemies, regardless of the offense. It is believed by many that HE will forbear justice because of HIS kindness and compassion for helpless man. He will be patient and tolerant towards wickedness and injustice. This concept is emphasized in the New Testament rather than the 1st Testament. Jesus is the one who instituted this concept. One of the pillars of the New Testament is forgiveness which is one of the critical factors in determining one's access to Heaven.
Jesus stated, "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive your trespasses" (Mark 11:26, KJV). Thereby making the act of forgiveness a very crucial aspect of one's salvation.
To the contrary, in the beginning books of the 1st Testament (The Torah), we understand significant characteristics of the ALMIGHTY ONE from the beginning. Such as HIS judgments regarding forgiveness and the stipulations HE designated concerning forgiveness towards offenders and HIS enemies.
Let it be noted that there is a distinct difference between "offenders" and "enemies" of the ALMIGHTY ONE. An offender is "one who violates a moral or divine law; sin". This violation can be in ignorance or in awareness. However, what sets one as an enemy of the ALMIGHTY ONE is one who violates HIS laws in awareness. Carefully consider the following passage from scripture.
"And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.
Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
But the soul that doeth aught presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among HIS people.
Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken HIS commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him" (Numbers 15:28-31, KJV).
An offender can be in ignorance or awareness. However, the one who violates the law/sin through awareness has therefore set himself as an enemy of the ALMIGHTY ONE. What I want you to recognize and be aware of is the judgment that is given. Those who offend/violate the Law in ignorance...they are given the opportunity to be forgiven. However, those who sin in awareness/presumptuously shall NOT be forgiven, but shall bear their iniquity. In other words, pay the penalty deemed fit for their offense.
Terms to consider
Forgiveness: To give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish (someone) for an offense or fault; pardon.
2. To relent in being angry or in wishing to exact punishment for (an offense or fault).
3.(forgiveness) - the act of excusing a mistake or offense
Pardon: To release (a person) from punishment or disfavor for wrongdoing or a fault: a convicted criminal who was pardoned by the governor. Synonymous with forgive.
2. To allow (an offense or fault) to pass without punishment or disfavor.
3. excuse/To make allowance for; overlook or forgive: To grant pardon to; forgive
Ignorance: The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.
Presumptuous: Behavior or attitude that is boldly arrogant or offensive; effrontery:. brazenly bold or insolent behaviour or manners, audaciously rude or disrespectful; impertinent or impudent.
After considering the terms, return to the previous scriptural passage given from Numbers 15:28-31, and reread it in awareness and knowledge of the terms defined.
Sins that were committed presumptuously were not forgiven/pardoned.
And so, how do we understand this in comparison to the New Testament? Is it not Jesus who states that every sin is forgivable except blasphemy of the Holy Ghost?
"Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:" (Mark 3:28–29, Matthew 12:31–32, and Luke 12:10, KJV). There are some Christian sects that believe that Jesus is God, are we to presume that HE is undecided? That HE changed HIS mind?
We can't presume that the GOD of Israel/the ALMIGHTY ONE has altered HIS word or changed HIS mind. It is unscriptural to do so.
For the ALMIGHTY ONE clearly states, "My covenant will I not break nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips" (Psalm 89:34, KJV).
"So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11, KJV).
Those who know the ALMIGHTY ONE know that HIS word is eternal. HE created and behold past, present, and future. HE is perfect in all of HIS ways (Psalm 18:30, KJV). What HE speaks stands throughout time because HE is perfect...without error.
And so....What are we seeing? What are these scriptures revealing concerning the GOD of Israel and Jesus?
Examine the text closely and consider the implications of this. If the GOD of Israel clearly states that HE will not pardon presumptuous sins, but that HIS mercy/forbearance only extends toward those who offended in ignorance...
and on the other hand, Jesus clearly stated that he will forgive All sin/all offenders regardless of ignorance or presumption, except blasphemy of the Holy Ghost...
Which concept of mercy is to be believed?
Should your decision be based on what is comfortable and more convenient? Or should it be determined by the authoritative predominance of the One issuing the decree? Which holds more authority, the original message or the altered message?
Let me know your thoughts...