“My own view on this is that we dare not let ourselves begin defining sin by reducing it to breaking the law. We have to begin with God, and define what is ultimately right by looking at God. I’m Trinitarian, and what is Ultimately Right is what drives the Life of the Trinity. That seems to be the Mutual Interpenetrating, Sacred, Loving Presence of the Father, Son and Spirit. This interpenetrating life of the Trinity, called the perichoresis, defines what is Right. What is Right is that engaged and engaging Relationship — and everything in our world that is “right” is a reflection of that perichoretic relationship.
Now this leads me to this: Sin is whatever impedes the flow of human life and our world into that everflowing perichoretic loving dance within God. Whatever resists it; whatever works against it; whatever breaks down human union with God; whatever distorts the world’s design to participate in that dance is sin.”
Now, the Trinitarian doctrine of perichoresis is a bit beyond me, but there’s something wonderful in what Scot describes:
Right is what reflects the loving nature of God; Sin is what impedes the reflection of that nature.
It’s a lovely description, and I’m going to let it rattle round my head for a while. It does raise lots of questions though: is watching of TV (or reading blogs!) a sin, because it (can) prevent us from relating with God? Are the distractions in our lives as important to God as our actions?
So much comes back to the nature of our relationship with God. Are we truly relating to Him? Are we known by Him?
This is the biggest, hardest, scariest question in the bible, and one we don’t ask ourselves enough. If our faith is really about relationship first and foremost, then are we truly relating to Him? How many hours in my day does Jesus get my attention? (Ouch, better ask that in minutes!)
“21″Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
[Matthew 7:21-23, NIV]