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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Come to think of it.. what is sin??

Just found a hugely helpful quote when thinking about sin..

"In the Bible, peace (shalom in hebrew) means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight - a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires a joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be."

"This is important in our communication of the gospel to the postmodern individual (or any individual). Instead of focusing people on the fact that they are sinners (since they probably cannot relate to that term anyway), we can ask them if they believe: "are things the way they ought to be"?
An honest answer to this question is: No, things are not the way they ought to be. If they are interested in how things ought to be, then we have an open door to explain sin and the gospel message." taken from "A Mind Awake" by Chris Giammona

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