Friday, October 13
When will I learn?
Me: "Yeah, actually, I do."
STUPID, STUPID ME. Why did just admit that?? I hope this won't be TOO ba--
"...my husband and I were just looking up Limbo in the encyclopedia..."
I want to run away...
"...so what do you think about that???"
Me: "Limbo, huh? Yeah, actually it was a theory of theologians more than an official teaching."
"I know! That's what it said. But that wasn't what the nuns told--"
Me: "Well, you could see what the theologians were thinking. I mean, what theologian would really want to say that God condemns little babies to hell, afterall."
"Well, that's true. But, I think it's all a little silly, because I don't believe in that whole original sin thing, anyway."
I'm outta here.
Me: "Ok, well, it was nice to meet you!"
I don't know why the doctrine of original sin is problematic to people. The opportunity, the beauty of sin--the promise of saying that we are sinful--is the conviction that we can all, with the help of God, become better than, in our most honest moments of self-awareness, we know ourselves to be.
The doctrine of sin is a beautiful thing. It tells us that God has intended us to be so much more than we are now!