I have a freind I occasionally get into a debate with on forgiveness. We both are of christian faith, but neither one of us follow or study it closely enough to know the full meaning of what it means to be christian. We both have a different view on what it takes to be forgiven. For an example: Lets say one day john steal and apple from somebody. My freinds view is that yes stealing is a sin, and since God is such a loving and forgiving god, that if john prays and ask god for forgiveness and accepts jesus, he will be forgiven. This is also what Ive even gathered from different preachers. but to me that seems that would not be asking for forgiveness, but rather asking god accept that john stole the apple. My view is that: For John to be forgiven, he must return the apple, confess to the person he stole the apple from, and THEN pray and ask forgiveness which may only be granted if you truly have the intention to never steal again. To me, that seems to be the more logical intention of forgiveness that God would want, but Ive never really heard any preacher present it that way. So my question is,...Am I wrong in my view of it, or am I right and that its pretty much a given to most preachers, that they just dont get that detailed into it when they say that "all you have to do is accept jesus, ask for forgiveness and all will be forgiven?"