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Dear Edward

In the Holy Bible - Matthew - 5:43, Love your enemies, Forgive your enemies I have the following questions.

1 In the 21st century, is it possible to achieve the above?.

2 Will the enemy think in the same line,as we think?.

Thanks
Prashant

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Nice to hear again from you, Prashant.
Jesus' words on love and forgiveness of "enemies" is one of the most interesting topics about the newness of Christianity.
Jesus' enemies put Him to death but He forgave them -- Luke 23:34.  The disciples of Jesus should imitate their Master [1 Peter 2:23] -- a good way to heap "coals of fire" [Romans 12:20] on the heads of one's enemies.
Whether we can achieve this distinctive Christian goal and convert others to think as Jesus wishes remains to be seen.  However, we need to act with confidence in God's grace that the victory will come.  God has put "all things in subjection under His [Christ's] feet" 1 Cor 15:27.
In summary, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you" [Luke 6:27].
Each of us must take the first step.  

Best wishes!

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A scholar of Jewish and Christian scripture (biblical studies), I hold graduate degrees from three universities in Rome [Italy]: Pontifical Gregorian University, Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the University of St. Thomas. I also have a master's degree in English. My special interests are the gospels of the New Testament and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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I have taught at three universities and two colleges. My published works include one book, several articles in scholarly journals, and numerous book reviews.

I hold a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy; a license in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; a license in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.Additionally, I earned a master's degree in English from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., and a bachelor of journalism from the same university.

I have been a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America for 40 years. I am a former member of Society of Biblical Literature.I have spoken on academic topics to local, national, and international groups.

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I hold graduate degrees from three universities in Rome [Italy]: Pontifical Gregorian University, Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the University of St. Thomas. I also have a master's degree in English.

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