Tiger Woods, Apology Accepted

Another meaningless Facebook poll: After Tiger Woods’ apology, do you forgive him?

I have two questions regarding this. One, why does Tiger Woods owe me an apology? Second, does he really need my forgiveness?

Tiger Woods has done nothing to cause me harm, grief or offense. Yeah, he was unfaithful to his wife and slept around with some women. He’s not the first man to commit adultery and he probably won’t be the last. I certainly don’t approve of adultery but I’m not going to hold it against him.

Since he has not caused me any harm, grief or offense, he doesn’t specifically need my forgiveness, not that he’s ever asked for it. But if it will make him feel better and help him get his life together, here it is — “Tiger, I forgive you. Now don’t let it happen again.”

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

4 thoughts on “Tiger Woods, Apology Accepted”

  1. From Sweep the dust, Push the dirt, here is Pastor Jason Robertson‘s take on Tiger Woods’ apology and his being a Buddhist:

    I believe that Tiger did not stray from his religious teachings but fell prey to Buddhism’s man-centered teachings. Rather than looking for joy from "outside" himself, such as in a grace-based relationship with Christ, Tiger lived a very self-centered, prideful life of self-sufficiency.
    I hope that Tiger and his wife find a way to stay married, especially for the sake of the children. But, sadly, Tiger’s adherence to Buddhism will continue to be a hindrance. All Christians should pray for Tiger Woods that he will look "outside" of himself to help that comes from the true and living God and that he will trust in Jesus Christ alone for true forgiveness and redemption.

    Once again, we have people displaying their profound ignorance of other faiths and the old "If you ain’t in our exclusive club, you can’t go to Heaven" attitude. But I suppose if you’re a Christian and you acknowledge the validity of other faiths then it pokes a big hole in your fundamental belief that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven.
    I’m not a Buddhist and my study of Buddhism has only scratched the surface, but I believe what Pastor Robertson calls "Buddhism’s man-centered teachings" is a belief that the divine exists within us all as well as in everything in the universe and that by discovering the divinity within us we open ourselves to the divinity that exists outside of us. To put it another way, we must know ourselves in order to know God. This is in contrast to the Western belief that God exists completely outside of us and, if we are Christians,we must accept Christ to fill an assumed spiritual void within us and, only then, can we get a ticket to Heaven.
    Oh, Tiger did stray from his religious teachings, there’s no doubt about that. The basic guidelines of leading a good and righteous life aren’t really that much different. Through meditation and self-examination, he may be able to reconnect himself with the Divine and find enlightenment. It may take him more than one lifetime but he’ll get there. Enlightenment can’t be rushed.

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  2. Media reports that Tiger Woods is working with his swing coach Hank Haney have leading golfers talking of a possible return to action for the world number one. Let’s wish him good luck 😉

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  3. I don’t really care about Tiger Woods’ personal life, his professional life or his status as a celebrity and a professional athlete. Just the same, I sincerely hope that he can learn from the experience, grow as a person and find peace. I wish that for everyone.

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  4. Here’s a comment by the Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta, a Buddhist monk on the advice that Tiger Woods look to Christianity for redemption and forgiveness:

    “I think … he was trying to help. His intention is to help Tiger Woods to become a better person. But … if we would ask the same to Buddha, what would he say?
    “Buddha had always advised those attracted to his teachings to first look to their own traditions for answers.
    “We are all human beings. We’re trying to develop ourselves, grow up. We’re not perfected, and Tiger Woods is not an exception as well. And I think what he should do is probably he could look deeper. Even in Buddhist tradition, we have different ways to deal with it. Definitely there is no redemption, but the Buddhist point of view is that forgiveness is not the answer.
    “A person who’s forgiven might feel, ‘Oh, I’m free of this burden because of God’ – or [a] certain entity – ‘has given me forgiveness.’ But he as not really dealt with those mental patterns, his mental habits, addictions that brought him to there. So Buddhist wisdom is to deal with that. And if he grows out of that, he’ll be definitely a changed person."

    That sounds like pretty good advice. Deal with the behavior and attitudes that caused the problem, learn from our mistakes and become a better person. Isn’t forgiveness more for the benefit of the one doing the forgiving? It really doesn’t change the person being forgiven or his behavior, does it? If anything, granting forgiveness may actually exonerate and encourage bad behavior.

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