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New City Catechism Question and Answer 16


Question 16
What is sin?

Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

2 thoughts on “New City Catechism Question and Answer 16

  1. “Sin” is our translation of (h)AMARTI’A in the Scriptures’ Demotic Greek (pardon my phone’s lack of fonts) a miss, or failure of a slinger, archer or spearsman to reach a target. Secular accounts of sporting contests and battles use (h)AMARTA’NO, “I fail to hit”. The figurative use is common.
    I think it reflects the acknowledgement that in us, like Peter sleeping out his watch, the spirit might be willing, but the flesh is weak. As an 8 year old chorister in Holy Week, I was brought to tears by the pain in doubly betrayed Jesus’ words “Asleep Peter? Could you not watch with me one hour?”

    • I’ve never really explored any sense of contrast between those words of Jesus to Peter and the words that he speaks to Judas. The similarities and any differences in the pain behind them.

      The concept of sin as failing to do what is right by active or passive means and also actively doing what is wrong, usually by active means demonstrates that it flows from our nature, not that our actions determine our nature as sinners.
      This underlines the tremendous scope of what Jesus does in saving us, he saves us from our natures, and all the consequences that flow from our natures.

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