Time for a Great Quote: Tim Keller on SIN

13 Mar

“Many have the impression that the Christian doctrine of sin is bleak and pessimistic about human nature. Nothing could be further from the truth. When I was brand-new in the ministry a young man came to see me whose wife had just left him. He was feeling angry at what she had done, guilty over his own flaws that had led her to it, and despondent before the whole situation. I said that what he needed more than anything was hope. He quickly agreed and asked how he could get some. As gently as possible I said that the good news was — he was a sinner. Because he was a sinner he wasn’t simply the helpless victim of psychological drives or social systems.

Years later I came across a passage in the sermon by Barbara Brown Taylor, who said more eloquently what I tried to say that day: “Neither the language of medicine nor of law is adequate substitute for the language of [sin]. Contrary to the medical model, we are not entirely at the mercy of our maladies. The choice is to enter into the process of repentance. Contrary to the legal model, the essence of sin is not [primarily] the violation of laws but a wrecked relationship with God, one another, and the whole created order. ‘All sins are attempts to fill voids,’ wrote Simone Weil. ‘Because we cannot stand the God-shaped hole inside of us, we try stuffing it full of all sorts of things, but only God may fill [it].'”


Posted by on March 13, 2020 in sin


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2 responses to “Time for a Great Quote: Tim Keller on SIN

  1. Kevin Cain

    March 13, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Great quote and wonderful reminder!

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      March 13, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Thank you, Kevin. I think you’ll like my post day after tomorrow. Blessings. Larry


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