Sin

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  • A sin takes on new and real terrors when there seems a chance that it is going to be found out.
  • All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation.
  • Past sins, if you repent of them, whiten you. They made a great psalmist out of David, a faithful believer out of the prostitute Rahab, a zealous apostle out of the persecutor Saul. I have been a loved preacher and writer with a particular vocation. My sermons and books would not have had the same quality without my past of anarchy, vice, and violent atheism. -

When I look back upon my life
It's always with a sense of shame
I've always been the one to blame
For everything I long to do
No matter where or when or who
Has one thing in common too;
It's a - it's a- it's a - it's a sin!
"It's a Sin"

Pet Shop Boys


  • It lies not in man's right nor in man's power truly to justify the guilty. This is a miracle reserved for the Lord alone. God, the infinitely just Sovereign, knows that there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good and sinneth not, and therefore, in the infinite sovereignty of His divine nature and in the splendor of His ineffable love, He undertakes the task, not so much of justifying the just as of justifying the ungodly. God has devised ways and means of making the ungodly man to stand justly accepted before Him: He has set up a system by which with perfect justice He can treat the guilty as if he had been all his life free from offence, yea, can treat him as if he were wholly free from sin. He justifieth the ungodly.

[Hal Moore is saying bedtime prayers with his five children.]
Moore: Cecile? I don't hear you praying, honey.
Cecile: I don't wanna be a Catholic! I wanna be a Nethodist like Mommy!
Moore: A-and why's that?
Cecile: So I can pray whatever I want.
Older Brother: That's a sin!
Moore: Oh, no-no-no, that's not a sin. God just made you hard-headed. It's not a sin. Uh, I'll tell you what. You wanna, you wanna pray and thank God for our family?
Cecile: Yes, sir.
Moore: That's good. Well, then, let's do it.
Moore & kids: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...
...
Hal Moore: I can hear you laughing, you know, even in here.
Julie Moore: I'm not laughing, I'm marveling.
Hal: Marveling? At what?
Julie: That you can find stubbornness in your children and think it comes from anybody but you.
We Were Soldiers
David Mills: Wait, I thought all you did was kill innocent people.
John Doe: Innocent? Is that supposed to be funny? An obese man … a disgusting man who could barely stand up; a man who if you saw him on the street, you'd point him out to your friends so that they could join you in mocking him; a man, who if you saw him while you were eating, you wouldn't be able to finish your meal. After him, I picked the lawyer and I know you both must have been secretly thanking me for that one. This is a man who dedicated his life to making money by lying with every breath that he could muster to keeping murderers and rapists on the streets!
David Mills: Murderers?
John Doe: A woman …
David Mills: Murderers, John, like yourself?
John Doe (interrupts): A woman … so ugly on the inside she couldn't bear to go on living if she couldn't be beautiful on the outside. A drug dealer, a drug dealing pederast, actually! And let's not forget the disease-spreading whore! Only in a world this shitty could you even try to say these were innocent people and keep a straight face. But that's the point. We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it's common, it's trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I'm setting the example. What I've done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed … forever.
Se7en

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