Rawlings School of Divinity
Master of Arts in Global Studies (MAGS)
Cancer, Forgiveness, Health Risk, Power, Transformational, Unforgiveness
Ethics in Religion | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
McKenzie, Mary, "The Transformational Power of Forgiveness within the Church" (2018). Masters Theses. 528.
This thesis seeks to explore and describe the concepts and effects of forgiveness within the church. It shows that the roots of violence, suffering, and pain are in the unhealed wounds of the past. It examines biblical, theological, and psychological materials on forgiveness, unforgiveness, and health benefits. Learning about forgiveness and how to use the skills can conceivably enhance mental and physical health through an optimistic and hopeful outlook on life. It highlights the differences of the definition and understanding of forgiveness and forgiveness from an intercultural perspective. Results from participants’ from five ethnic groups (African, African American, Asian, Caribbean, and Caucasian) on their experiences on forgiveness are also included. The study underscores how the transformational power of forgiveness will empower Christians to have a greater impact on the world to preach the Gospel and fulfill the Great Commission.