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Sin in the Christian Tradition. Society has a tendency to avoid speaking about sin. We are afraid to call it what it is…afraid to offend anyone or to be seen as judgmental . http :// www.youtube.com/watch?v=GanvfPrZUMI. Karl Memminger.

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sin in the christian tradition
Sin in the Christian Tradition
  • Society has a tendency to avoid speaking about sin. We are afraid to call it what it is…afraid to offend anyone or to be seen as judgmental. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GanvfPrZUMI
karl memminger
Karl Memminger
  • If we lose our sense of sin, we run the risk of losing authority over our lives.
  • Eliminates our accountability for our decisions.
  • Without a sense of sin, any choices we make are valueless, because if nothing is wrong, if there are no eternal present or eternal consequences for our actions, then it doesn’t matter what we do.
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Only when we recognize that a problem exists can we overcome the problem. If we don’t recognize that there is also a “dark side” to us, then we give it power over us.

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The essential message of the Christian story about sin is that Jesus CONQUERS sin.

  • Sin is a transgression against God that is overcome by Jesus death on the cross and his resurrection.
  • Our participation in the Christian life gives us hope and faith that God will transform evil into good because it is His plan of salvation.
kinds of sin
Kinds of Sin
  • Original
  • Mortal
  • Venial
  • Sins of Commission
  • Sins of Omission
original sin
Original Sin

Describes an aspect of the human condition

Our inclination to do evil things

We are wounded at our very core and have a tendency toward evil as we exercise our freedom.

This comes from us humans when we abuse our freedom or free will.

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Original sin has wounded humanity and all of creation, including nature and the cosmos. It cries out for a redeemer to restore the human condition back to its original grandeur.

  • This sin marks all human beings as needing the salvation brought about by Jesus Christ.
  • With Jesus “the new Adam” a new creation occurs.
a comparison
A Comparison

Original Sin

All Other Sins

Refers to concrete actions or non-actions and decisions people make of their own free will.

  • Describes an aspect of the human condition
mortal sin
Mortal Sin
  • The term “mortal” implies “deadly.”
  • the more serious types of sin
  • We sin mortally when we reject God completely
  • An action so destructive that it mortally wounds (kills) our relationship with God
mortal sins
Mortal Sins

Sin is mortal when it meets 3 criteria:

  • It must involve a grave matter
  • It must be done with full knowledge (an informed conscience)
  • The person performing the action does it deliberately
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Hell
  • “..state of definitive self-exclusion from God and the blessed, reserved for those who refuse by their own free choice to believe and be converted from sin, even to the end of their lives.”
venial sins
Venial Sins
  • Less serious sins
  • Are an action that weakens our relationship with God
  • They can become habitual and can lead us to a complete turning away from God.
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Sins of Commission

Sins of Omission

not doing something when we should have.

  • purposely doing an action that is harmful to oneself or another.