Monday, March 25, 2019

The Twisting of the Good and Evil in a Fallen World

In an apostate world (, the proper and fitting coincidence between emotions and their objects has been disturbed and destroyed by sin. A sinner hates the holiness which he ought to love and loves the sin which he ought to hate. The anger in his heart is selfish and passionate, not legitimate and calm. The love in his heart is illicit; and hence in Scripture it is denominated “lust” or “concupiscence” (epithymia). In a sinful world, the true relations and correlations are reversed. Love and hatred are expended upon exactly the wrong objects. But when these feelings are contemplated within the sphere of the holy and the eternal; when they are beheld in God, a most pure spirit, without body, parts, or passions, and exercised only upon their appropriate and deserving objects; when the wrath falls only upon the sin and uncleanness of hell and burns up nothing but filth in its pure celestial flame; then the emotion is not merely right and legitimate, but it is beautiful with an august beauty and no source of pain either to the divine mind or to any minds in sympathy with it.  Shedd, W. G. T. (2003). Dogmatic theology. (A. W. Gomes, Ed.) (3rd ed., p. 168). Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub.

Sin twists the good and thinks it evil and so celebrates evil as good.  That is the nature of sin.  We should not be suprised by it, though it should grieve us.  Only when we experience the new birth and our hearts are set aright that God bgins to restore his image in us that we can begin to see the good aright and feel it's beauty and correspondingly see the evil for what it is and loathe it's repugnance.

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