Blogging Towards Sunday, September 2nd
The Question of Guilt
GUILT. It’s an ugly word. A feeling that often overwhelms us. Those that critic Christianity from Friedrich Nietzsche to modern atheist writer Christopher Hitchens, lift up the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth as something that causes guilt based on unrealistic and inhuman morality. In Hebrew the word for guilt and that for sin are used interchangeably. In Leviticus 5 & 7 we hear of the proscribed sacrifices to make restitution for sin or guilt, whether it be consciously or unconsciously committed. The Law seems to provide a way to remove guilt, to make the one who offers the sacrifice clear, to empower them to experience a before and an after, to continue with the certitude of being no longer guilty. The twist is that it can happen again, no matter how many rams of the flock are sacrifices on an altar.