Monday, December 8, 2008

To Forgive or Not Forgive?




Elie should forgive the Nazis. He already has gone through hell and had so much hate towards the Nazis build up in his soul. It would be like a great weight lifted off his chest if he forgives those horrible people. The Nazis don't deserve to be forgiven by any means, they killed his whole family and Elie even had to watch his own Father slowly die. Because he went through such a horrific event and had to endure so much pain and suffering he needs to start over fresh and forgive. It's not like he has to be friends with the Nazis but he should be able to look into their eyes and say, "I forgive you." You destroyed my life, you killed my family, you took my home away from me but I want to forgive you so I can move on with my life, because this heart full of raw hatred is weighing me down." If Elie was able to do this and truly forgive them, he could leave the pain and hate behind which would enable him to prosper and progress with his life.


- Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

18 comments:

Seyd said...

Way to go Shelby! This post is really good, I like how you said the Nazi"s don't deserve to be forgiven, but your for Elie forgiving them. I also like the way you worded your post, when you put what the Jews would say to the Nazi's, I actually pictured a Jew saying that to a Nazi and the Nazi just sitting there because the Jew just showed him what's up. All in all good job. :D

donnie p. said...

With that much pain how in the .... can somebody for give that? I under stand the wieght lifted but thats A LOT of wieght, maybe too much, yea?

Wade said...

I agree, thats what he needs to do but, it would be so hard, like you said watching your father slowly fade and die I just could not stop thinking of that and be able to forgive for that, I is the right thing to do but I would still have so much hate towards them. Great post, you made a lot of good points with out singling out someones side...well be sides the Nazis. But that can not count. Good job!

Lindee said...

Kelli!!!good job I like how you said that they don't deserve to be forgiven, but yet it would in the end, make a person feel better.

Jack Marie said...

Shelby, I liked your post. How you put in what Matthew asked the Lord, that added a lot to your post and really made me think a bit more about how Elie should forgive what had happened! Good post girl :D

E-Dizzle said...

I love how you said "this heart full of raw hatred is weighing me down." That is so true. He would be weighed down and hate would be the root of all he did in his life. That is not a meaningful way to finish out your time on this earth. Leaving the pain and the hate behind is a way to get closure and move on. I totally agree with everything you said here!

Missouri State Single Season Strikeout King said...

Good post. I also think it would be a huge weight lifted off his chest. The Nazis definitely do not deserve forgiveness, but like you said it would probably help him to progress with his life. Also, good choice of scripture for this post. Great job.

Darius said...

I completely agree with you that the Nazis dont deserve to be forgiven but Elie should forgive them to continue on living and starting over fresh. I really like the bible verse you added at the bottom, it shows that everyone should be forgiven all the time even when they are they worst decisions.

Samantha said...

Awesome post! I agree one million percent with you. I believe that his life could be so much better if he would just forgive and let all the pain go. If he will forgive, than he can move on with his life and become a happy person that he has left behind during the Holocaust. Also, I really love that Bible verse! :)

Jared Andrews said...

Very good! yes elie went through some horrific events in his early life. Also to say to the nazis i forgive you for ruining my life and destroying it so that he can move on with his own life. Also awesome Bible verse to use!

Senior 09 said...

That was an amazing post, i understand what you are saying, but after that i don't think i could ever forgive them... like i would probably like hating them... I know that sounds bad but everything that they did i could never find it in my heart to forgive.

katrinalogan said...

I really enjoyed reading your post. It was my favorite one so far! :) You made some really great points. Great Job

Sam said...

Shelby your comment is very good. I totally agree with you. If Elie forgives the Nazis there will be a huge weight lifted off his chest. After he forgives Elie's life will be so much better. I think you picked a great Bible verse it really says alot. Great job!!

Constance said...

I really liked this part of your post, "He already has gone through hell and had so much hate towards the Nazis build up in his soul. It would be like a great weight lifted off his chest if he forgives those horrible people." It is the truth when you are struggling with something major inside of you, when you let it out and get it off your chest you feel relieved. Also I liked how you put the Bible verse. Good job.

Whitney said...

I totally agree with your post. Of course its hard to forgive and the memories of what happened will always be there, but forgiveness is the key to inner peace and a fufilled life.

Jordan said...

I agree with you the Nazis do not deserve to be forgiven. But you do make a very good point by saying "he deserves to start over fresh and forgive." I don't think by forgiving them he would be able to leave the pain behind him though. Someone who went through that would never be able to leave the pain completly because one would never be able to forget what happened to them. If we forget the past it is more likely to repeat itself. I am not trying to contradict you but I am just stating my opinion on the last sentence of your post.

suzy said...

I totally agree with your point of view on how he should forgive to be able to move on with his life. I think you are on the right track, but if you were to put more depth into your thoughts on how he CAN forgive, it would make your post a lot stronger. But you are doing nice work.

Shelby S:) said...

Very nice post girl. You have really put a lot of heart into this havn't you? :) I agree with you as well. It would be terribly difficult for Elie to forgive the Natzis, but he still should because it will help him find closure, and because it is the right thing to do. Personally I do not know if I could forgive someone who had hurt me so badly, I know that I shoud. I know that that is what God would want me to do. But could I? I do not know if I could be that strong. Elie, however, is a survivor of one of the most horrific events ever to occur in recorded history, and that has made him strong in so many ways. Strong enough to forgive? That is for Elie to decide for himself, but i agree that he should. Thank you for adding on that Bible verse. It's a very simple yet very powerful verse. Very nice touch. :)