Saturday, June 11, 2016

Causality and Effectiveness of Sin

Our will, being free, means we may either give or refuse our assent to thoughts that occur to our minds, at the sole discretion of our wills.  This is one of many ways in which we are made to the image and likeness of God.  What causes sin?   Sin is caused in the will of all those who turn away from a higher good for the sake of a lower good.  Even when the higher good is not explicitly God, the turning over of the order He established is still an offense to Him.  What is the effect of sin?  Sin effects a degradation of our nature, made in the image and likeness of God.  Our likeness to Him must diminish if we avert our eyes from Him, and refuse to be like Him by following His laws.  It is only natural; our human nature, created good by God, fell on account of abuse of free will.    And because all good is from Him, it is we who deprive ourselves of life by sin, not He who takes it from us.  Because God is perfect justice (and justice is the rendering of what is due), and because our likeness to him includes free will, he respects our free will even as that of his own, upon which ours is modeled, in that He will honour our decisions in eternity.  And if we have chosen to ignore, avoid or flee from Him all our lives, He will honour our choice to be away from him even in death.  But since all good is from God, and we want not to be with him, then it follows no good shall accompany us either, but there must be an eternal storage place for souls which are also eternal, though they are not good, having corrupted themselves by abuse of their free will.  And this place fulfills perfect justice, giving us exactly what we have willed for ourselves our whole lives, if we loved not God.  Eternal separation from Him, and (so we will quickly discover, if we do not yet believe) all that is good.

Whenever we value a momentary pleasure, a lust or inordinate desire, we risk throwing our souls into that eternal separation.  We must not live in daily sin with the continual promise to self that amendment is near, nigh around the next pass.  But stop sinning now.  God preserve and increase in me the spirit of faith, hope, and charity, unto freedom from all my sins and grant me life and love everlasting.  Amen.