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Apologia #14
April 7, 2012, 11:50 pm
Filed under: Apologioi, Destined to get me in trouble

“So… then, do ALL people that have no means of discerning morality escape hell?”

 

Yes.

 

“If they have no concept of sin then they cannot choose it.”

 

Precisely.

 

“What about people who were brought up through no fault of their own in immoral or differently-believing societies?”

 

They are ascribed culpability according to the light they’re given. They have the light of conscience; they have natural law; they have the testimony of the heavens and the earth. While all sin brings culpability, and all sin who have the choice, there is certainly a difference between 1935 Germany and 6th century BC Greece. One culture sinned against far more light, and will know far more judgment.

 

“What about unborn children?”

 

In the absence of self-awareness, there can be no sin. The sin is in killing unborn babies.

 

“Do you think there is such a thing as partial culpability?” Not quite. All sin is sin, but different sins are (and a lot of Christians are going to bust me up over this one, but it’s truth) in fact treated differently. God cannot overlook sin, but there are different types. Again, a man who sets out to break the Ten Commandments one by one accrues a different kind of debt from that accrued by a man whose sins never make it out of his mind.

 

I believe that eternal punishment suits the crime. For some, it will be much worse than for others. Think Dante’s Inferno: it provides a better picture of God’s eternal punishment than everyone cooking in a sulfur stew together. Boy, I’m going to catch it for that one too. Oh well.

 

I’ll answer some more later. Sorry about the tartness of my tone last night: I was letting other frustrations in life frustrate me. It wasn’t you!

 

chris

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