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Sea of forgetfulness

Posted by Smokey Stover on February 16, 2008 at 03:58:

In Reply to: Sea of forgetfulness posted by Ken on February 13, 2008 at 08:28:

: What is the origin of "sea of forgetfulness"? I incorrectly thought it came from the Bible as it is often used by Christians to refer to God forgetting sins which He has forgiven.

Yahoo answers gives an answer that to a degree summarizes what else you will see only fragmentarily exposed in most of the many uses of this phrase called up by an Internet search

'It's the place where God puts the sins of believers. There are several scriptures it is drawn from, the main one probably being:

Micah 7:19 He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our [1] sins into the depths of the sea.

It just means that He won't remember our sins once He has forgiven them. He doesn't ever change His mind and be like "Oh, nevermind, you screwed up so badly that I am choosing to remember them again."

"I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins"
Isaiah 43:25'

Although this explanation was highly rated by Yahoo users, I would be a little wary of it. I think there is more doctrine, to some adherents, than is suggested by this explanation.

The sea mentioned by Micah has been transformed into the Sea of Forgetfulness, but I don't by whom this was first done. There is a doctrine among numerous Christian sects that Jesus, when he spoke of a new law, was saying that the Law of Israel before his coming was now superseded by this new law. That is, old Jewish doctrine of the time before Christ is now of the past. I gather that sins acquired under the old Law have been cast into the Sea of Forgetfulness, along with the old Law itself. Since this wasn't doctrinal in any of the Christian churches I have attended, you had better have this more fully explained by someone more knowledgeable.

The very popular religious song, Sea of forgetfulness, created and sung by the group, Seven Day Jesus (c1997), takes the view that the Sea of Forgetfulness is where sins forgiven by Jesus are cast.