[quote=verismo]In apologetic endeavors, I have a problem explaining (especially to Protestants of the OSAS idea)…
If a Christian can still sin, and it is counted against him as a sin: Jesus did not save us from sin.
If a Christian can commit “mortal sin” and still go to Hell: He didn’t save us from Hell.
So, in a Theology (Catholic) that believes that a Christian can still sin and go to Hell for it (like a Jew), what did Jesus save us from?
This is what you seek to understand: In effect, the following occurred…
God knew in advance that flesh, attached to a decision-making intellect, was an incomplete entity, not desiring to do anything but feed itself in various ways, shapes and forms.
He knew that His Own “magical fairy dust,” so to speak – grace – was the necessary final ingredient, to generate a being capable of making the altruistic love decision in God’s favor.
But, there was a problem: God’s Own perfect justice.
In effect, God’s perfect justice says, “No! They don’t get it for nothing! No one gets anything for nothing! Some one has to pay for that grace which would elevate those disgusting pigs to a level where they can relate to Me as a friend! Somebody has to pay!”
The Second Person of the Divine Trinity raised His Hand, and said, “I will! I volunteer to pay!”
The First person of the Divine Trinity said, “I accept Your offer, and so, Son Whom I desperately love, I offer You up for torture and death, in their mortal form!”
And so, by an amazing act of love, God “made an end run” around His Own justice on our behalf, by paying the price Himself for the grace we need just to be His friend.
Because grace was “the necessary final ingredient,” the Gospel of John shows the waters of salvation, activated by the saving blood of Christ, coming out of the side of the New Testament Adam hanging on the cross, after Eve, the incompleted recipe, comes out of the side of the Old Testament Adam. Finally, creation was finished.
Without that grace, we’d all be helpless lunatics of evil, hopelessly enslaved to sin, with enthusiasm.
We are better than that, with grace.