Thursday, December 29, 2005

Guilty of Guilt - James Sire

James Sire, in a book called the Universe Next Door does and excellent job of explaining that people who hold to a naturalistic worldview can have no real foundation for ethics, but there still arises feelings of guilt. The problem is, in this type of world there is no solution to the guilt.

"In a universe where God is dead, people are not guilty of violating a moral law, they are only guilty of guilt, and that is a very serious, for nothing can be done about it. If one had sinned, there might be atonement. If one had broken a law, the lawmaker might forgive the criminal. But if one is only guilty of guilt, there is no way to solve the very personal problem.

And that's states the case of the nihilist, for no one can avoid acting as if moral values exist and as if there is some bar of justice that measures guilt by objective standards. But there is no bar of justice and we are left not in sin but in guilt. Very serious indeed."

-James Sire, The Universe Next Door-

Praise God for His moral law, and praise Him more for His atonement.



At Thursday, December 29, 2005 8:33:00 PM, Blogger bluecollar said...

Yes,praise Him for His atonement.

At Thursday, December 29, 2005 9:58:00 PM, Blogger Daniel Mann said...

I am new to your blog.
It looks good. I'll have to check it out more. Saw your comments on a couple friends of mine blogs.
I love your header quote by Thomas Brook. Can I steal the quote in the future?
Soli Deo Gloria

At Thursday, December 29, 2005 10:09:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...


Feel free to use anything. I took it from other people. :-)


At Friday, December 30, 2005 3:44:00 AM, Blogger no_average_girl said...

as always, wonderful stuff! this once again shows the need for a more powerful Being than mankind. we need someone who can save us from ourselves and offer forgiveness and atonement. someone Who is loving, kind, generous... i'm thankful i know my Creator! :-)

At Friday, December 30, 2005 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

Thank God for the "law of sin and death". I live in His total freedom and not under that law but without it I would have no recognition of His grace and mercy or of freedom from the law. Thank you Lord that I was dead in sin so I could be raised to new Life in You!

At Friday, December 30, 2005 5:34:00 PM, Blogger Paul said...

One of my favorite books, as witnessed by my profile. A deep read, yet it is also a page turner.


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