sin as a fault (Er. original: faute) committed against the godhead. This fault concerns an action or a specific incident, which is thought to "hurt" or "offend" God 's holiness and his eminent dignity. Tradi- tionally, this offense is seen to express itself through the symbol of an act that renders a man unclean and hurts sainthood, and which can be ritually cleansed. (Ricoeur, I960) (176)
The real truth of the Christian faith is that we all fall to sin. However, our sin has been covered and forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ. Outsiders of the Christian faith can fail to understand the true meaning of what it means to be a Christian. We often here of those who are ashamed of there sin and feel as if their sin is to great for even God to handle. However, those of the Christian faith, know this is not the case. The Christian faith is founded on God’s grace and mercy which, covers the sin we all fall into. Rather than feeling guilty or ashamed of our sin, Christians understand the power of Jesus’s death on the cross.
A misconception that is perceived among many non-believers is that their sin is two great to be forgiven. Non-believers can tend to shy away from the Christian faith because they feel a sense of shamefulness and guiltiness of their past or current sins. According to a recent study, “The phenomenon of shame, as old as Adam and Eve, and the cult of self-esteem, founded by the serpent, both now rampant in our culture, indicate that members of our society acutely feel the effects of their sin” (Biddle 359). Tho...
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...nt is an essential element of Christianity” (784). Therefore, Jesus’s atonement of our sins is the center of Christianity. The pain, suffering, death, and resurrection all represent the forgiveness of sins and the grace that God has revealed to us. As a Christian, we are given eternal life because of grace and the blood shed upon the cross. This is the a core understanding of the Christian doctrine. Although these are just two key beliefs of the Christian doctrine, they are important factors to what it means to be a Christian. Through Gods unending grace, relinquished by Jesus’s death on the cross, these values are critical parts that make Christianity is what it is. Ephesians 2: 8-9 states that’s that “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9).
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