Monday, March 09, 2020

Demant: original sin

Monday, March 9, 2020
    For if you possess these qualities [faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, godliness, brotherly kindness, love] in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
    —2 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)
    Original sin ... is that which makes us paint in white and black the relative good we do and the evil we combat; it is that which sends us corporately from one false absolute to its dialectical opposite; it is that which moves us to fight for our prejudices as if we were fighting for God, or else to contract out of decision in the world unless we can envisage the choice as having unconditional divine warrant; it is that which bids us attribute others’ evil to the malice of their free will and our own to the pressure of circumstances.
    ... V. A. Demant (1893-1983), The Religious Prospect, London: F. Muller, 1941, p. 226-227 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 59:1-4; 64:7; John 7:16-17; Rom. 8:6-7; 2 Pet. 1:5-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Reach out, Lord, to your people who are caught in the moral ambiguity of this world.
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