If "Who Can Forgive Sins But God Alone?" How Was Jesus Able to Forgive Sins?



That Jesus was a literary character.


Jesus was able to forgive sins because his God gave him that authority. God can do anything including having his son forgive sins.

John 20:
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, (note: the Father sent Jesus to redeem/forgive us of our sins) I am sending you (disciples).” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Seems God can give authority to others to serve in proxy of him to forgive sins.

It helps if you read the context.

(Matthew 9:7, 8) “7 And he got up and went to his home. 8 When the crowds saw this, they were struck with fear, and they glorified God, who gave such authority to men.”

Thus the answer to your question is:Because God gave Jesus this authority.

(Matthew 28:18) “18 Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth.”

If Jesus was God, then no one could give him any authority.

If Jesus was God, he would already have all authority and it wouldn't be necessary for his God to give him this authority.
Edit to Patrick

Please understand because God is God, God DOES HAVE all authority, otherwise he isn't God.

Where in scripture does God the Father receive power and authority FROM Jesus?
Where in scripture does God the Father call his Son, 'My God'? (Matt 27:46; John 20:17; Rev 3:2, 12)
Where in scripture does God the Father call Jesus the only true God?

The Jews who did not believe in Jesus claimed with those words that Jesus was taking a power that only God has.But God and Jesus work together.Jesus does not do anything except what his Father allows.

Luke 5:19-26
And look! men were carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher, and they were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus+ 19 So not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they climbed up to the roof, and they lowered him on the stretcher through the tiling, right among those in front of Jesus. 20 When he saw their faith, he said: “Man, your sins are forgiven.” 21 Then the scribes and the Pharisees started to reason, saying: “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins except God alone?” 22 But Jesus, discerning their reasoning, said in answer to them: “What are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins—” he said to the paralyzed man: “I say to you, Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go to your home.” 25 At that he stood up before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God. 26 Then one and all were seized with amazement, and they began to glorify God, and they became filled with awe, saying: “We have seen wonderful things today!”

John 8:28-29
28 Jesus then said: “After you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing of my own initiative; but just as the Father taught me, I speak these things. 29 And the One who sent me is with me; he did not abandon me to myself, because I always do the things pleasing to him.”

Jesus was prophesied to be one who can do this:

Isaiah 53:11
11 Because of his anguish, he will see and be satisfied.
By means of his knowledge the righteous one, my servant,
Will bring a righteous standing to many people,
And their errors he will bear.

So Jesus was given this holy spirit and power to do his Father's will, including forgive sins.

There is much more to the forgiveness of sins than you imply. For example, after Jesus taught us the Lords Prayer (The Our Father) He said: "For if you do not forgive those who sin against you, neither will your sins be forgiven."


jesus never existed he was adopted by the romans in the third century as the figurehead of their new christian religion which if you read their bible is not about worshiping jesus but about being a good jew