This-essay is a9709051.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %CONCEPTION SIN EVIL 970905 Each of our diverse conceptions of the nature of sin and of evil contributes in its own way to our diverse sets of common ways to respond to our encounters with sin and/or evil. No one conception of the nature of sin and/or of evil in and of itself determines how we respond to our encounters with sin and/or evil; they all play roles in various ways. If we pretend that only one conception of the nature of sin and/or of evil is the exclusive determinant of how we respond --- we are deceiving ourselves and alienating ourselves from information which could help reconcile ourselves with ourselves and with each other. Consider a number of the various conceptions of sin and/or of evil --- and what the conceptions lead us towards. 1. Sin and/or evil are of the Devil; the ultimate personal power which engenders all sin and all evil. 2. Sin and/or evil have to do with being imperfect, rather than with perfection of God and all Godly things. 3. Sin and/or evil have to do with the earthly realm below, rather than with the heavenly realm above. 4. Sin and/or evil have to do with the desires and behaviors of the flesh, rather than with the desires and behaviors of the spirit and of the spiritual realm. 5. Sin and/or evil have to do with rebellion and non-conformity, rather than with proper discipline and conformity to the will of God. 6. Sin and/or evil have to do with indifference towards, and/or the rejection of, scriptural truths and commandments. 7. Sin and/or evil have to do with being different from true believers in, and doers of, the the Word of God. 8. Sin and/or evil have to do with being unclean; i.e., infected by the Devil and His agents of evil. 9. There are of course other conceptions of the nature of sin and/or evil. With each conception of the nature of sin and/or evil are associated patterns of response which make sense in the "light" of the conception. Many of those patterns of response are inherently alienative --- doing great damage to the relationships between the responders and those to whom they are responding. The patterns of response are often: (1) Motivated by fear, rather than by love. (2) Defensive, rather than generous with gifts of security enjoyed as the freedom to be safely vulnerable in open and honest dialogue. (3) Rendered destructive because of dishonesty which is alienative. (4) Coercive, manipulative and violent; rather than gentle, liberating, and healing. (5) Motivated by individualistic considerations; rather than by considerations of both personal and communal integrity. (6) Dominated by either/or considerations; rather than by integrative considerations. (7) Dominated by authoritarian considerations; rather than liberated by personal love. (8) Preoccupied with drawing boundaries rather than interested in offering invitations into open and honest dialogue. (9) Focused upon appearances, rather than upon true integrity which is more than skin deep. Beware of conceptions of sin and/or evil which lead towards personal and communal disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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