Seatbelt Blues

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Where Sin Abounds

How great is our God!

Without sin, there is no death, and there is no need for Christ. A sinless world would be lesser than a world needing redemption, as a sinless world is a world forever bound up within itself. It has no need for redemption, and so the Son sits in Heaven, having no need to come down. There is no incarnation, no "God-with-us," and we never know God's mercy, for He has never had to show it. A sinless world is, in fact, a lesser creation (it must be, or else God would have made a world where there could never be sin).

Sin allowed God to show His fulness - his love, mercy, compassion. He loves his disobedient and wicked children; He loves those who do not deserve love. How much more compelling is that than a perfect world of perfect people, who know God loves them, and are fully aware how very much they deserve it? Saint Paul was right - where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more. God turns an evil into a good. So, that first act of disobedience, the rebellion of Satan against God, and his temptation and seduction of the first people, all fit masterfully in God's ultimate plan of self-revelation. God created a world that He would have to nurse to health because He is a merciful God, and anything else would fail to allow Him to truly reveal that aspect of Himself.

God created the world so that He could reveal His love and His glory - how perfect, then, that our sinful world provides Him ample oppurtunity! If the world had been created incapable of sin, the Lord would never have had need to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to show us the absolute and final extent of that love, and lacking that redemption, immortal man would be eternally confined to the earth, never knowing the brilliance of Heaven or the mystery of direct union with God.

The human story has been a sad and sorry one, full of deceit and treachery and murder and suffering; war and death, fear and loathing. The miserable drama of humanity is tied to the story of Gospel, where God has slowing been bringing about what we had in the beginning - a perfect world - through self-giving love and sacrifice, brilliantly revealing His divine self in the process, until eventually, once, through the new covenant, we are bound up with God and go to heaven, we might truly encounter His fullness. A sinless world is a world with a lesser knowledge of God.

What splendid paradox! Death through life, perfection through imperfection! We sin, not just because we have free will, but because if we did not, God would be unable to do the many things He has done! He knew it all before He created the world, that a perfect world is no world at all, and that He would do better by His people to allow sin into the world. Where sin abounds grace abounds all the more!

A sinless world is a world without grace, and that's a world I could never love.


  • At 6:34 AM, Blogger Keith R said…

    You would pick purgatory over heaven?

  • At 6:35 AM, Blogger Keith R said…

    You would pick purgatory over heaven?

  • At 6:36 AM, Blogger Keith R said…

    Sorry - somewhere in all the "sign up for a blogger ID", etc, it posted twice...

    Thanks for running the blog.


  • At 8:47 AM, Blogger Seatbelt Blue said…

    It happens, and no, I wouldn't pick purgatory over heaven.

    think of it like this. You are stranded on a desert island - the fallen world. But then, on this island, you find a working helicopter and a hundred million dollars - everything you need to get back home and be richer than you ever where before. What was an evil has been turned into a good, and you have been blessed more greatly than you could have ever hoped.

    The proposal is that God, knowing we would sin, has created the world accordingly, and so the blessings we have are greater than the blessings we do not have. The theoretical blessings of an unfallen world are far less than the actual blessings we have recieved.


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