Sin as Soullessness

November 15, 2006

This is an experiemental post. 


Sin, I repeat, in addition to anything else it may be, is always an act of wrong judgment. To commit a sin a man must for the moment believe that things are different from what they really are; he must confound values; he must see the moral universe out of focus; he must accept a lie as truth and see truth as a lie; he must ignore the signs on the highway and drive with his eyes shut; he must act as if he had no soul, and was not accountable for his moral choices.

Sin is never a thing to be proud of. No act is wise that ignores remote consequences, and sin always does. Sin sees only today, or at most tomorrow; never the day after tomorrow, next month or next year. Death and judgment are pushed aside as if they did not exist and the sinner becomes for the time a practical atheist who by his act denies not only the existence of God but the concept of life after death….

Sin is basically an act of moral folly, and the greater the folly the greater the fool.

Tozer on Christian Leadership

In this excerpt, AW Tozer considers sin as some sort of epistemological error, an act of “wrong judgment” that results from a temporarily skewed vision regarding the nature of reality. In order to sin, a person must “suspend” (or deny) belief in a transcendent and objective (i.e., publicly shared) moral order — in order to justify a particular sinful act as an exception to otherwise self-confessed realm of moral understanding. 

Sinful thinking yields “wrong judgment” since it conjures up a fictitious “self” that is objectified, nullified, and thereby made soulless.In order to excuse myself from the bar of moral imperative (i.e., the universal held within my heart as the duty I have as a human being), I must “disassociate” myself from my core values, and thereby I become a divided self, engaged in a form of wishful thinking that makes me no longer responsible for my own self-imposed alienation. 

As Kierkegaard said, “purity of the heart is to will one thing,” but the divided self becomes defiled by its inability to resolve its focus on an abiding and true source of love….

The practice of such moral duplicity invariably leads to delusions and soul sickness. The divided self at once wishes two contrary things: to find eternal significance and meaning in the realm of his or her decisions (i.e., spirit), and to engage in the immediacy of experience that denies the moral demands of the eternal.

A choice must of necessity be made. Either the immediate must be worshiped and absolutized, or the eternal must be allowed to have its voice in the moment.

May you choose wisely today, since you will never again be given this opportunity to live.