This weeks reading is Chapter 9 of Heart of Christianity: Sin and Salvation, Transforming the Heart. Pg 164

I found Monday’s group very inspirational. It was a great idea, Rob, to have each one of us tell our Thin Place stories. Every story was moving and will stay with me forever. It is when I hear stories like this that any doubts I may carry with me of something beyond this world disappear.

I find the term an open heart has stayed with me. It is a great reminder throughout the day – Am I reacting with an open heart or a closed one?

This week, Borg, gives us a fresh interpretation of sin and salvation. And like all of Borg’s interpretations it is one that is coming from the heart instead of fear. Borg gives us a Buddhist quote I have heard before “You Christians must be very bad people – you’re always confessing your sins.” I found this amusing because it is so true.

Borg then asks us “Is “sin” the best comprehensive term for naming our problem?” He goes onto discuss what is our fundamental problem and how “sin” can be looked at in a more heartfelt and transformative way.

With sin comes salvation, Borg discusses how salvation requires us to transform in this lifetime, a life in the presence of God. All great stuff.

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3 Responses to This weeks reading is Chapter 9 of Heart of Christianity: Sin and Salvation, Transforming the Heart. Pg 164

  1. Marta Nielsen says:

    I am sorry for my constant references to ACIM, but I read it every day and it seems I always come across something that relates to what we are reading in The Heart of Christianity.

    So here I go again a quote about sin in ACIM.

    ” No one is punished for sins, and the sons of God are not sinners. Any concept of punishment involves the projection of blame, and reinforces the idea that blame is justified.”

    “Darkness is a lack of light as sin is a lack of love”

  2. Rob2 says:

    Borg on sin:

    Is “sin” the best comprehensive term for naming our problem or would we understand our problem (and its solution) better if we used multiple images to speak about it? “Something is not right, something is radically wrong, we are lost,” but is sin the most helpful way of naming what is wrong?

    The Bible has many rich images for naming our problem besides sin: we are blind, in exile, in bondage; we have closed hearts; we hunger and thirst; we are lost. Each of these problems implies a solution. If we are blind we need to see; if we are in exile we need to return; if we are in bondage we need liberation; if we have closed hearts we need to have our hearts opened; if we hunger and thirst we need food and drink; and if we are lost, we need a way, we need to be found.

    Similarly with sin we need forgiveness. If sin is the issue then forgiveness becomes the one-size-fits-all remedy. This is the problem. If the issue is blindness, what we need is not forgiveness, but sight; if the issue is bondage, what we need is not forgiveness but liberation. Forgiveness doesn’t address these problems.

    So using “sin” as the root diagnosis for what is wrong with us isn’t very helpful and “forgiveness” doesn’t speak to many of the issues which separate us from God.

  3. Chapter 9 can be distinguished from the second half of the Book of Daniel by the fact that the point of departure for this chapter is another biblical text in Jeremiah’s seventy years prophecy and not a visionary episode.

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