The Doctrine of Sin in Post-Modern Christian World
Harold Pinter (1958), a post-modern disciple once stated that there is no hard distinction between real or unreal things in the world. Besides, nor does the contrast exist between right and wrong. According to him, a thing cannot be true or false rather anything can be both true and false. I believe that this assertion in stark contrast to post-modern Christian tradition explores the doctrine of sin or the theological hematology as the privation of the moral law of God. The doctrine of sin in the post-modern world is demonstrated as a verbal construct in its own right that man since its fall from the Garden of Eden is sinful in nature. In its quest of finding what is wrong and what is right as Pinter states, a post-modern man cuts the goodness of divine creating act into ungodliness. Resultantly, the evil forces living in this world convincingly induce the man to the pit of sin.
Building upon the notion as far as the given belief is concerned that ‘all humans are inherently flawed’ Christianity asserts that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In accord with the above-mentioned biblical reference, Christianity, therefore, is often viewed as taking an intolerant and rigid view of other ideologies that relegate what the missionary ideology no longer produces. However, today’s ideology of Christianity should not feel embarrassed by the doctrine of sin as the King James Version of the Bible explicitly reads that a person should “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (Thessalonians 5:22) In my point of view, the reference of this biblical verse in the scripture is applied to state the intimate knowledge that a man has to run away from every form of sin. Furthermore, he should never turn back to his old sinful ways as it is not a bargaining tool that which sin is right or what is wrong.
As far as reading is concerned, Christians have an intolerant view of others’ ideologies in terms of the doctrine of sin. Whereas, I opine that Christianity in no terms should try to soften or tolerate its say about any human condition regarding backsliding or sin. Apostle Peter states in Bible that it might be possible for one to escape the corruption, pollution, or nefarious designs of the world “By knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (Peter 2:20) and after that they again become entangled and enslaved by the worse form of sin again and again. However, this is not the real salvation rather it is just the narrow gate leading to the never-ending suffering in this world and the hereafter.
According to Myarticles, The post-modern ideology of sin, therefore, is not just a consequence of not following the rules and moral laws of God. As a postmodernist, Pastor Fleming Rutledge (1999) in The Bible and The New York Times (p.89) quipped that sin by no means is inherited as a moral concept in humans at all. It is rather a concept that is related to religious beliefs. Therefore, for this reason, one might conform to the absolute notion that Christianity does not need to soften its ideology regarding the doctrine of sin. Furthermore, in my point of view, Christianity should not be embarrassed by its intolerance towards anything short of complete obedience to the moral laws of God.
To conclude the discussion regarding the doctrine of sin and Christians’ post-modern worldview, any form of disobedience to the laws of God whether passively or actively is nothing else but only sin. Sin, in a missionary context, is disobeying and dishonoring the creator, the God and thus it leads to suffering and ultimately to the state of nothingness.
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