I believe there’s a strong theological argument to me made from the premise that God cannot or does not forgive sin . The fundamental tenet of my premise is that a sin cannot both be simultaneously forgiven and paid for. The argument is now plain to you, since the Lord Christ paid for our sins, our sins are not forgiven, they are propitiated.
The objection that will be raised is predicated on Scripture declaring that God forgives (our, my, your, Israel’s) sin(s) (2 Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 26:28; Acts 3:19, 10:43; Colossians 1:13-14). I posit the verb forgive is transitive and requires an object (me, you, them, they, etc.). This changes the exegesis from God forgiving our sins to God forgiving us (our sins)—that is, God forgives sinners, not sins (1 John 1:9; Matthew 6:14-15). Thus, the verses indicating the forgiveness of sins is a translational artifact and the forgiveness of the sinner is always implied. As a sanity check, what sin does God forgive that Christ hasn’t paid for? And if there is one, why did Christ have to die? Did His Father send Him to the cross w/o necessity/justification?
There are a plurality of profound implications of God forgiving sinners but not sins. One is a fresh understanding of the beginning of Christ’s passion in the garden (e.g., pleading with His Father to take the cup away if there was any other way—obviously there was not—sins had to be paid for, in blood).
Another reason to reject the notion that God forgives sins is the linguistic and logical contradictions implied. Specifically, if the sin is forgiven, what does that mean? If the sin is forgiven the sinner is not necessarily forgiven, both the sin and the sinner require explicit forgiveness under this scenario. As an example, the sin may be theft, so if God forgives the theft, does He also forgive the thief? Not necessarily, there is a distinction between the sin and the sinner, and what’s important here that sin or sinner is forgiven? Clearly, the sinner being forgiven is the only outcome of importance and merit. In fact, the concept of the sin being forgiven is a contradiction—the sinful act itself is a matter of historical fact and is incapable of being forgiven, a forgiven de facto condition is undefinable, only a person can be forgiven.