conscience cannot last always. Conscience is a mirror of God?s holiness. We may cover the mirror with the veil of this world?s diversions and deceits. When the veil is removed, and conscience again reflects the sun like purity of God?s demands, we are visited with self-loathing and self- contempt. John Caird, Fund. Ideas, 2:25 ? ?Though it may cast off every other vestige of its divine origin, our nature retains at least this one terrible prerogative of it, the capacity of preying on itself.? Lyttelton in Lux Mundi, 277 ? ?The common fallacy that a self-indulgent sinner is no one?s enemy but his own would, were it true, involve the further inference that such a sinner would not feel himself guilty.? If any dislike the doctrine of guilt, let them remember that without wrath there is no pardon, without guilt no forgiveness. See, on the nature of guilt, Julius Muller, Doct. Sin, 1:193-267; Martensen, Christian Dogmatics, 203-209; Thomasius, Christi Person und Werk, 1:346; Baird, Elohim Revealed, 461-473; Delitzsch, Bib. Psychologie, 121-148; Thornwell, Theology, 1:400-424.
The Scriptures recognize different degrees of guilt as attaching to different kinds of sin. The variety of sacrifices under the Mosaic Law and the variety of awards in the judgment are to be explained upon this principle.
<421247> Luke 12:47, 43 ? ?shall be beaten with many stripes...shall be beaten with few stripes?; <450206>Romans 2:6 ? ?who will render to every man according to his works.? See also <431911>John 19:11 ? ?he that delivered me unto thee hath greater sin?; <580202>Hebrews 2:2, 3 ? if ?every transgression...received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?? 10:23, 29 ? ?A man that hath set at naught Moses? law dieth without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses, of how much sorer punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God??
Casuistry, however, has drawn many distinctions, which lack Scriptural foundation. Such is the distinction between venial sins and mortal sins in the Roman Catholic Church, every unpardonable sin being mortal and all sins being venial, since Christ has died for all. Nor is the common distinction between sins of omission and sins of commission more valid since the very omission is an act of commission.
<402545> Matthew 25:45 ? ?Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least?;
<590417> James 4:17 ? ?To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.? John Ruskin: ?The condemnation given from the
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