=bmullins;8803085]Growing up in a southern baptist community, we were taught that there was only one level of sin. The phrase “all sin is as that of witchcraft” was one I heard many times directly from the pulpit. In essence, stealing your cousins favorite gum was the same as murdering your mother. Slapping a complete stranger the same as hitting your parent in the head with a baseball bat, etc.
Now from a philosophical level do you think that the concept of venial versus mortal sin leads to a flippant attitude towards venial sin? or do you think that the strict ‘all sin is equal’ rather creates an environment where a person is so doomed to failure that they feel there is no need in trying?
That dear friend is 1. Not Biblical 2. Not God-like 3. Not even logical:o
I LIST the following for the sake of our READERSHIP
1John.1: 8 to 10 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If*** we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness***. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
**1John.5: 16 to 17 **"If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. ***There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal. ***
HERE IS THE ONLY MANNER GOD WILL ACTUALLY FORGIVE OUR SINS
John.20: 20 to 23" When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained”
IMO::rolleyes: Humanites GREATEST failing is not reckonizing how God abhores ALL sin so that it ia “Just and Fair” responce as we now “live under grace” [Rom. 6:14-15]; that Mortal sins such as contraception, abortion, Missing Suanday and holiday Mass SEVER completely our persoanl relationship with God until we "repent; Convert; and Confess our sins.
Because of the New Age influence and its WIDE acceptance: Sin even by some
… “catholic”… [NOT] … theologians is denied as even a possibility. The idea that “something is WRONG ONLY is I say so; Don’t judge me and I woun’t judge you” is seductively easy and holds wide Appeal. Which is why [NO DOUBT; Mt. 7: 13-21] Hell is a LOT Bigger than heaven needs to be.:eek:
There is a completly wrong understanding of our personal importance and authority Vrs. Gods. Humanity basically has ONLY two choices: 1. We are in charge or 2. God is in charge; and the responsibility cannot be shared.
***Humility is required to attain ones own salvation BECAUSE Obedience to ALL that god teaches and commands are parts of what is necessary to do so. Obedience to ALl of the Commandments [catagories, not list of sins], Obedience to the Pope and Magisterium God personally choose, guides and protects on ALL matters of Faith-belief and practices and ALL Moral issues. There is MUCH bible support for these statements.
Willing acceptance of ONLY one class of sin, denies Both the manner we are Created [like God but in a unperfected manner] with a Mind, intellect, FREEWILL all permnately to our sous precisely so that we MIGHT freewly choose to know, Love, serve [by Obedience] and love God, and God’s absolutely necessary NEED to be fair and just. Treating all sins as equaly denies God this opportunity.
Isa.43: 7and 21*: “every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." AND the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”
Stealing a cookie from mom can’t be seen by God as serious and grevius as murder and abortion for example.:**shrug:
While ALL sin effect our realtionship with God; with HIS One Church and with each other: Mortal sins Do as they MUST; have a far greater effect on these relationships; most notably with OUR God. Amen!
God Bless you,