|The Christian Morality:||Seminar 11|
Using the analogy of the tree of
knowledge from which Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruits
the Book of Genesis clearly points out the true nature of the Original
Sin. It is the human self-righteousness (presumed "knowledge")
often imposed on others by the influential majority around them rather
than respecting the guidance of God's commandments.
|Sin - An act or statement, or failure
to act or to make such statement which could cause another fellow human
being, or other God's creation undue inconvenience, sorrow, pain or suffering.
In other words: anything we do, or fail to do which could hurt someone else!
The worst possible sins are those which
consciously and intentionally cause harm to someone else such as in case
of malice, and/or for our own personal gain. Pride and arrogance also belong
among the worst sins. But there are times we can hurt others without even
knowing. Therefore we have a need to ask for God's forgiveness periodically.
As we are forgiven, we too are expected to forgive those who sin against us. We must treat others the same way we ask God to treat us.
When we freely choose not to live the way
God wants us to live however, we deprive ourselves of the reward of eternal
salvation and it may lead us to sin. All sins offend God, hurt us, and
often hurt others. Previously we defined sin as an action or inaction
which may cause undue suffering to someone else. But not all sins are the
same and the Church defines them thus:
But remember; these definitions are solely human interpretations and they in no way guarantee that this is the way God sees things. Besides, there may be difficulties with the definition of "what is wrong".
Is it "wrong"
to torture, cause death, or to kill a suspected terrorist?
Is it "wrong" to kill in self defense?
Is it "wrong" for a soldier to kill a group of unarmed, innocent villagers just to carry out an order?
According the criteria for the mortal sin listed above, it may not be since, the definition of what is "seriously wrong" may not be clear. The soldier may not have chosen to carry out the order freely. But, has he not freely chosen joining the army?
Intentionally I have asked whether something is "wrong" rather than "justifiable" because remember:
can be justified by peace.
Many murders can be justified by self defense.
An oppression of any minority group can be justified by "national security" interests.
Furthermore, also remember that not all things that are against the law are necessarily a sin. Similarly, not all things which are accepted by this society as legitimate and in accordance with its laws are righteous in the eyes of God, for as we know that "My ways are not your ways, saith the Lord God" (Is 55:8,9).
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