Thursday, June 25, 2015

Seriousness of Sin --- Quote from William Willimon

"In the Christian faith, an act or inclination, a passion or an emotion is sinful to the degree that it alienates us from God by offending God.  Sin is about God. . . . Thus we are not to seek the seriousness and significance of [sins] by uncovering their deleterious effects upon human life, but rather the way in which each, in its own way, and in concert, violates the nature of God.  Because it is of the nature of God in Christ to offer selfless, self-emptying love, lust is a sin.  Because the Son of God is the one who stoops and serves, pride is a sin.  Because God is the source of all that we have and all that we are, to envy someone else is to make envy more than an unattractive personality characteristic; envy is sin.  Because Jesus taught us to pray for no more than 'our daily bread,' lust for more bread, gluttony, is a sin."  --William Willimon. "Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the 7 Deadly Sins"

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