Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Private sin becomes collective force

When we begin to think that our private individual's sin does not matter to the wider part of the creation, here's James Galloway's wake-up call to us:
...moral evil, which arose initially from the wrong exercise of human free will, can subsequently: ...[develop] into a power in society which influences modes of thought and habits of life, and leaves its impress on institutions. Hence sin comes to function as a collective force, maintaining itself from generation to generaation, and offering a constant resistance to the progress of the good. Proteus-like it takes new forms in the course of the struggle with advancing culture.
(Quoted in Theng Huat Leow, The Theodicy of Peter Taylor Forsyth: A 'Crucial' Justification of the Ways of God to Man [USA: Pickwick, 2011], p.21. Emphasis added.)


Martin Yee said...

Wow. Thanks for this. Very interesting thought. Cumulative effect of sin.

Picture looks like apocalypse though. Gloom and doom galore.

Apostle John will balance with vision of the Lamb of God, lion of Judah and new heaven and new earth, plus new Jerusalem.

Apostle Paul will balance with faith, hope, love and justification by faith.

Athanasius will balance with Christ as the Image, Power and Wisdom of God. Also the Atonement.

Augustine with grace, regeneration and sacrament.

Luther will balance with justification by faith and baptism.

Not sure about Calvin.

Others by work of the Holy spirit,

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Martin,

The dystopic picture captures the sense when sin has become a collective force so great that the entire city is under its plague.

Thank you for the reminder that sin and evil are not the end, but God's glory is.