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Deuterononmy 8.11-14,17 – Original Sin and Salvation
Posted: 22 February 2012 in Deuteronomy

Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage….. And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

There is nothing new under the sun. Even in Moses day, as soon as people had achieved some kind of material prosperity, they forgot about God, and started to worship money – that idol which is far more seductive than any idol made out of wood or brass. They forgot that God (and his will) are the origin of all things, and that there is nothing they can rightfully ascribe to themselves. Why do we so easily forget to be grateful to God? I suppose the answer to that is original sin – the sin we manage to be the owners of even without trying, and even without consciously transgressing any of God’s commandments. We are guilty because our first instinct is always to rebel against God and his authority, and we only need the first opportunity to do so.

People are sometimes heard to say that it would be unjust of God to inflict eternal punishment upon us for sins committed during a finite life time. That might be so if the only thing in question were particular sins, but there is no possibility that somebody in general rebellion against God would be able to live in his presence.

At one point during his ministry, Jesus’ disciples asked, “Who then can be saved?” to which Jesus’ reply was “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” The disciples apparently realised that what Jesus had said, immediately prior to their question, made salvation impossible for men – unless, that is, God intervened. They seem not yet come to a full realisation of who Jesus was, and what his role was to be in the salvation of men (and women).

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