Uit die Heidelbergse Kategismus 8 Vraag: Is ons so verdorwe dat ons glad nie in staat is om iets goeds te doen nie en tot alle kwaad geneig is?Antwoord: Ja (a), behalwe as ons deur die Gees van God weergebore word (b).(a) Gen 8:21;6:5; Job 14:4; 15:14, 16, 35; Joh 3:6; Jes 53:6. (b) Joh 3:3, 5;1 Kor 12:3; 2 Kor 3:5.
"When the good are overly merciful to the bad, the good eventually become the bad." This old proverb comes to mind often of late in listening to the commentary of considerable of the faithful, both clergy and laity, who demonstrate their ignorance of Christianity by invoking the "hate the sin but love the sinner" cliché while self-righteously condemning any who dare to make critical judgments of those culpable of evil activities. As if to say the Ten Commandments were not given by God as standards by which man is commanded to judge himself, as well as others. "By their fruits you shall know them" (Mt. 7:16). "Hate the sin but love the sinner" is a seemingly compassionate catchphrase tailor-made for today's milieu in which human behavior is no longer judged by the criteria of right or wrong, but rather from the vagaries of environment or psychophysiology (a pseudo-science that has been successful in masquerading psychosis and sanity as one and the same). These are delusions put forth which serve well to waylay right conscience and subvert accountability for evildoing.In our celebrated age of psychoanalysis, however, the phrase "hate the sin but love the sinner" has objectives quite foreign to that of its author, St. Augustine. Our modernist spin-doctors have inverted its meaning to that of indulging the sinner and allaying his warranted accountability and castigation.-New Oxford Review
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