Mark 2:7 – Who can forgive sins but God alone?
by Paul Williams
Who can forgive sins but God alone? An interesting take on this verse by a Unitarian Christian. Surprisingly the speaker does not mention Matthew’s version of this story: ‘When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.’ So Matthew 9 is clear that Jesus was not claiming divinity despite what Jesus’ enemies were falsely claiming: Jesus as a man had been given this authority by God. In other gospel passages the disciples also share in this same authority.