…he’s a sinner, she’s a sinner, wouldn’t you like to be a sinner, too?
An excerpt from the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer, a summary of the Episcopal Church’s teaching:
What is sin?
Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.
How does sin have power over us?
Sin has power over us because we lose our liberty when our relationship with God is distorted.
What is redemption?
Redemption is the act of God which sets us free from the power of evil, sin, and death.
How did God prepare us for redemption?
God sent the prophets to call us back to himself, to show us our need for redemption, and to announce the coming of the Messiah.
What is meant by the Messiah?
The Messiah is the one sent by God to free us from the power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all of creation.
I guess that aptly states my view, though I reiterate that I respect the views of others that differ from mine. If Jesus didn’t die so our sins might be forgiven, why did he die? I’m not arguing my view, I’m asking a serious question thats been niggling at me for some time.