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If sin remains after atonement it is because we all retain our stubbornness. The mere availability of grace and forgiveness does not require us to accept them. Each of us can still keep playing God. Revealingly, none of us chooses to play the role the way the Son of God actually did from a cross.

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The difference between feeling guilt and being guilty

As a young child, I was taught by sincere Christians that my sins nailed Jesus to the cross. That pronouncement was meant to make me feel guilty and, occasionally, it did unnerve me. But I never really believed it. If God were really offended by my childish peccadilloes, he could have let me stew in my Vans Shoes 2016 own juices; he needn't have bothered to send his son to die for me.

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There is plenty of real guilt to go around, whether we feel it or not. We may wish to think well of people, but no one can view the human situation and deny the evil that men and women cause one another through Vans Pink And White

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clearly their creators. God made the environment good; we dirty it. God does not have to clean up his act; we need to clean up ours.

Scripps Howard News ServiceThere is a world of difference between merely feeling guilty and actually being guilty. We humans are more often embarrassed by our blunders and our appearance than by our sins. Using the wrong fork is not evil, nor is having a "bad hair day." But we blush, nonetheless.

It is through the suffering of the innocent Jesus the most prominent among them that we awake to a sense of our sin, our real guilt and our need of reconciliation. If Jesus' death on a cross sometimes seems too dramatic a gesture to drive home the point, it is nevertheless effective.

In Jesus' parable, the Prodigal Son's father was always ready to forgive him and welcome him home, but the son had to make the decision to return. He could not make that decision until he acknowledged how miserable and alone he was, and that he was prepared to take responsibility for his situation.

for all. That was the point of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. That is the good news Christians share with everyone.

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Having acknowledged our faults, it only follows that we must forgive others theirs. Then a great burden of which we were formerly unaware is lifted from us, and the spirit of God, who dwells in us, finally has some room to work, allowing us to see life and ourselves from God's point of view.

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The technical term for what Jesus accomplished is "atonement." Sunday school teachers sometimes dismember the word to reveal its meaning "at one ment" restoring things the way God intended them to be.

When I was young, Jesus' prayer from the cross applied to me: "Forgive David because he doesn't know what he is doing." But as I got older and more aware of my self centeredness, I needed Jesus to say: "Father, forgive David because he knows perfectly well what he is doing!" Childish shame was insufficient to bring me to heel; I needed saving.

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In fact, God did clean up our act for us once and Vans Peach Old Skool

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