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The Egregiousness of Sin 罪的恶势

Updated: May 8, 2018

* Egregious is defined as outstandingly bad or shocking.

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race

had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the

thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. –

Genesis 6:5

“Character is who you are when nobody else is watching.” What would

we do if we thought we wouldn’t get caught? I know a young girl who

loves to watch TV. Once, when she was instructed to learn her Chinese

spelling, she promptly announced after 10 minutes that she had finished

learning all the words and proceeded to watch TV for 90 minutes.

However, the test revealed otherwise; she got most of the words wrong!

This seven-year-old lied so that she could watch TV. Where did she

learn to tell lies?

Wesley’s view that sin was a disease meant that it was not a ‘thing’ that

we could just cut off.

9 Wesley wrote, “Now he truly desires to break

loose from sin and begins to struggle with it. But though he strive with

all his might, he cannot conquer; sin is mightier than he.”10 However,

sin’s egregiousnessa does not imply hopelessness, “we cannot try hard

enough, learn enough, worship enough, or work enough to heal

ourselves... the only option is transformation.”11


耶和华见人在地上罪恶很大,终日所思想的尽都是恶。

《创世记》6:5

个人品格是表现在当没有人看住你的时侯。如果我们认为我

们不会被抓住,我们会做什么?我认识一位小女孩。她很喜

欢看电视,有一次,她被告知练习华文听写,仅用了十分钟

就宣布完成了所有单词的练习,然后开始观看电视九十分钟。

测试结果,她大部分听写都错了!这 7 岁的孩子撒谎,以便

可以看电视。她怎么学到撒谎呢?

约翰.卫斯理认为罪是一种疾病意味着那不是我们可以轻易

割断的“东西”。然而,罪是一种人性的传染。他写道,

“我们不能靠拼命尝试、努力学习、全力敬拜、死命工作来

医治自己,唯一的选择是转变。。 现在有一个人他确实想

要挣脱罪的捆绑而开始与它斗争,但尽管他竭尽全力,也无

法征服,罪比他强大。”



Reflection 反思

Think of your own experience. Have you ever felt helpless over sin in

your life? In what ways did God take the initiative to bring you to

acknowledge your helplessness?


想想你自己的经历,你是否曾在你的生命中感到对罪茫然无

助?你是怎样开始主动向上帝承认你的无助感?


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