Cancer has gotten me off writing these for a few months now but, back by semi-popular demand, I hope to get back in the swing of things.
You can find the previous posts here.
III. The Son
11. What Do We Mean by the Word ‘Sin?’
To sin is not to will something bad or wicked, as many believe.
To sin is not to choose evil. Evil is a privation, a no-thing.
No one chooses evil; choosing evil is impossible. It cannot be done.
Just as evil is a no-thing, sin is best understood as a ‘not-doing.’
As icons of the invisible of God, our greatest good is friendship with God. Sin is a rejection of our creaturehood. Sin is a failure to choose happiness, opting instead for something we think will make us happy.
When we sin, we choose a lesser good over the greatest good of friendship with God; therefore, sin is not sin because of anything we positively choose: pleasure, power, or wealth.
Sin is sin because of what we fail to choose, what we forsake for trivial goods. Sin is sin because we have chosen not to live up to our full humanity as creatures made in the image of God.
Sin is a not-doing.
To confess that you have sinned is to admit what you have not done, what you have freely chosen not to do- not, for example, loving your neighbor as yourself and choosing wealth and comfort for yourself instead.
Because sin is a ‘not-doing,’ it is the only thing with which God has nothing to do.
Sin (and Hell for that matter) because they are failures of full humanity are the only two things in creation which are uniquely and exclusively the work of human choosing with which God has nothing to do whatsoever.
Sin alone is the product of individual initiative.
‘I have come so that they may have life and have it abundantly.’ – John 10.10