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The Effects of Sin 罪的影响

...put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life

and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the

spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the

likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

– Ephesians 4:22-24

“The kind of burning sensation is what you’d call the worst kind of pain

ever...”6 Tan Hui Linn was badly disfigured when her father who was

unsound mind, splashed acid on her and her mother in 2009. Nine years

on, despite numerous surgeries, Hui Linn is still partially blind, and has

scars covering her face.

Wesley likened the effects of sin to the disfigurement or scarring of the

image of God (imago Dei), which Man was created in. He writes,

...deprived of the favour of God, but also of his image; of all virtue,

righteousness, and true holiness and sunk partly into the image of the devil,

in pride, malice and all other diabolical tempers; partly into the image of

the brute, being fallen under the dominion of brutal passions and groveling

appetites. 7

This loss of the imago Dei meant our wills are governed by our passions,

and our understanding of God darkened. In short, “the life of God was

extinguished in his soul. The glory departed from him.”8





“那种灼烧的感觉就是你所说那种的最糟糕的痛......” 2009


强酸。9 年过去了,尽管动了无数次的手术,慧琳仍然部分失明,


约翰.卫斯理把罪恶的影响比作对上帝形象(Imago Dei)的毁容,


。。上帝的恩宠以及上帝的形象皆被剥夺。 所有的美德,公


恶魔般的脾气中; 部分陷入野蛮的形象,落入残暴的激情和卑





Reflection 反思

How are you controlled by desires? Is it easy to live a Godly life in your

own strength?


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