Sin And The Kingdom Of God Essay
Sin is a consequence of human choice. There is personal sin and social sin. According to Fischer and Hart, the biblical definition of sin is the “destruction of our capacity for relatedness and the subsequent need for reconciliation” (Pg. 124). There is also original sin and “sin of the world”, which is the universal influence of sin. Sin can take the form of infidelity, racism, envy and others. Mostly, sin is the denial of love that we should have for ourselves, others, and God (Pg. 124). Suffering and death enter the world through sin. A venial sin is a “forgivable” sin that does not result in complete separation from God. Although mortal sin is more serious, there is still a chance for repentance.
2. How is it possible to “hope for” and “live for” the Kingdom of God in light of human suffering?
According to our text, Christians have a reliance on God that is reassured by a life of prayer and trust in God to help overcome fear (Pg. 152). Although there is suffering in our world, Christian faith must remain strong and not blame the suffering on God. According to Fischer and Hart, God is on our side. Jesus took a risk on life and on a God (The Good Life, Pg. 90). The resurrection of Jesus provides hope for the Kingdom of God, despite human suffering. Jesus knowingly paid the price for his faith in God. Although sin is a consequence of human choice, and suffering enters the world through sin, Jesus forgives us and asks us to repent so that we may live…