A paper presented at The Salvation Army’s 4th International Theology and Ethics Symposium, Sunbury Court, 8-12 October 2014.
The IDC is grateful to each presenter for the content of this paper. The papers should be recognised as discussion papers and what is written is not necessarily the official view of The Salvation Army.
As a boy of eight I was certain that Jesus loved me, that I needed to say sorry to him for the wrong things I’d done, and that he would hear me and forgive me when I did so. I can still remember crying as I went to the mercy seat. (Knowing I needed forgiveness was an easy thing for me to believe because I was a very naughty boy!) This of course was a long time ago but I’m sure the image in my mind was the blond, blue-eyed, long haired Jesus in the portrait on our wall at home...