Comment on Academic Freedom Strikes Again! by David Morris.
I would like to see this article rewritten, without all the cutesy rhetoric but getting to the heart of what is really going on.
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Moral guilt isn’t the same thing as breaking the speed limit.For one to be morally guilty one must deliberately break a moral law.Otherwise, there simply is no moral guilt before God.If one is “not held accountable”, then one simply isn’t guilty at all.It’s the same as if an angel made a mistake because of honest ignorance.That angel is not guilty of “sin” or a moral rebellion against God.
All analogies break down at some point. I think Martin Luther was guilty of breaking the 4th commandment, but he isn’t “guilty” as it were, because he wasn’t in rebellion against it, he simply didn’t have the light on it. As the Bible says, God “Winks” at our ignorance, so as you say, we, or he, are not/was not “guilty” but the fact remains that he broke the law. Anyway, I’m not interested in quibbling over the minute details… The point is, “death spread to all men, because all sinned”. We are not guilty of Adam’s sin except as we participate in it, or choose to do so. So I think we are probably saying the same thing. We are not guilty of “original” sin, just the sins of our own choice.
Academic Freedom Strikes Again!
I can’t find the specific comment from Bill, who mentioned that the person going 50 in a 30 mph speed zone… But yes, the driver is guilty for breaking the speed limit, even if he doesn’t know what it is. But… If the sign was somehow obscured, or broken down or missing, and the driver could not see it, he is still guilty, but not held accountable. That is one area where God’s Grace comes in. But, No one is born breaking the speed limit, nor are they guilty because someone before them broke it (Eze. 18), but without God’s power, we all WILL break it. All have fallen and come short of the Glory of God. But once we make a choice “which we all have because of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” God then gives us the power to overcome, or to NOT break that speed limit. But only through God’s power can our foot not press too hard on that peddle. And our own choice to ask for and to avail ourselves of that power….
Thank you Sean for such a clear reply!