Catechism 16

Gustav Dore - Exile From Eden
Gustav Dore – Exile From Eden

What is sin?
Sin is rejecting God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law – resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.
(New City Catechism)

The choice of the moment:
a hand to reach out and pluck
or hold, be still, believe.

The friction of the heart:
denying the Maker’s wisdom,
requiring yet still rejecting.

The pride of the decision:
as though lungs refused air
or ground denied gravity.

The destruction of the act:
earth dries, flesh rots,
equilibrium tears and breaks.

The coldness of exile:
knowledge gained, rejection done,
yet victory hollow and dead.

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