Thursday, May 2, 2013

What is sin?

Is sin more like a beast, an infection or an option? Are we afflicted by sin, or are we afflicting the world with it? Do we choose it, or is our choice pushed by it? Is the truth in one of these options, all at the same time, something beyond them? Sin is as great a religious mystery as any other, yet in many ways it is the closest spiritual reality at hand, dark as it is.

Side thought: if sin is something that oppresses or afflicts us, then it is less important that Jesus was in all ways sinless. For God's solidarity with us through the man Jesus would be a solidarity in our helpless state before the darkness. God allowed Himself to be assaulted without being overcome by it.

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