"Neither do I condemn thee"

[Original article in French]

THUS spoke Jesus to the adulterous woman: "Neither do I condemn thee." Understanding that this verdict did not come from the whim of a human ruler, condemning or pardoning as he liked, one is interested to seek for its justification. One should ask himself how Jesus, who "was . . . without sin," could act as he did when confronted with sin. Was it because of sympathy with error, or tolerance towards it? The standard of Christianity would not be very high if it authorized such a procedure. It certainly would not be the way to take away the sins of the world, which is Christianity's highest goal.

Jesus united the holy demand for divine perfection with the word of forgiveness. From what height fell this word? To what tribunal had Jesus turned in order to give this sentence of acquittal?

October 1, 1932

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