Monday, March 06, 2006

J.C. Ryle on Sin

“We, on the other hand—poor blind creatures, here today and gone tomorrow, born in sin, surrounded by sinners, living in a constant atmosphere of weakness, infirmity and imperfection—can form none but the most inadequate conceptions of the hideousness of evil. We have no line to fathom it and no measure by which to gauge it. The blind man can see no difference between a masterpiece of Titian or Raphael and the queen’s head on a village signboard. The deaf man cannot distinguish between a penny whistle and a cathedral organ. The very animals whose smell is most offensive to us have no idea that they are offensive and are not offensive to one another. Fallen men and women, I believe, can have no just idea what a vile thing sin is in the sight of that God whose handiwork is absolutely perfect—perfect whether we look through telescope or microscope;”1

1Holiness: It's Nature, Hinderance, Difficulties, & Roots by J.C. Ryle (page 7)

2 comments:

sj said...

Sweetheart,
Great post. I enjoy reading what you post every day. It's like reading a good book, only I never know what I will be reading. Thank you again for your dedication. I love you!

EJ said...

Thanks, honey!

I just love the description "The very animals whose smell is most offensive to us have no idea that they are offensive and are not offensive to one another." It is so true that we do the same thing. I'm ok and you're ok because we're not as bad as.... We need to look to Christ and Him alone as our standard of goodness, and draw any and all comparisons from there.

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