In matters of law and justice, ignorance of the law is considered a valid defense. It may not be enough for a not guilty verdict, but it is a mitigating factor. Did you think it was a gracious thing for me to pray regarding those who killed me, forgive them for they know not what they do? This is really giving the benefit of the doubt concerning motive. Yet who sins with a conscious awareness of the consequences that will ensue? Do you? You cannot examine the thoughts and intents of someone else’s heart, but in this case you can err on the side of grace. Are you prepared to ask for forgiveness for others on the assumption that they sinned in ignorance?
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