Naturalism and Christianity — Thomas Oden on Guilt and Sin!

24 Jul

“The heart of the difference between cheap-grace doctrines of guilt-free existence and the Christian gospel is this: Modern chauvinism desperately avoids the message of guilt by treating it as a regrettable symptom. Christianity listens to the message of guilt by conscientious self-examination. Hedonism winks at sin. Christianity earnestly confesses sin. Secularism assumes it can extricate itself from gross misdeeds. Christianity looks to grace for divine forgiveness. Modern consciousness is its own fumbling attorney before the bar of conscience. Christianity rejoices that God himself has become our attorney. Modernity sees no reason to atone for or make reparation for wrongs. Christianity knows that unatoned sin brings on misery of conscience. Modern naturalism sees no need for God. Christianity celebrates God’s willingness to suffer for our sins and redeem us from guilt.”
Thomas C. Oden, Guilt Free


Posted by on July 24, 2018 in sin


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2 responses to “Naturalism and Christianity — Thomas Oden on Guilt and Sin!

  1. Steven M Kuitems

    July 24, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    We are living in a time when progressives and liberals are giving the USA huge guilt trips on society to accept guilt and reparations for PAST historical sins and shortcomings of our society. Ignoring that individuals are each accountable to the true and living God as our final judge for what we have done or not done in life. So to borrow a phras are you prepared to meet God, the final judge of all mankind. On what basis will you stand before Him?

    Steven Kuitems

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    July 25, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Thank you, Steven, for your comment. Looking forward to seeing all of you at the end of September. Blessings. Larry


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