Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Original Sin: Comfort in Depression

Orignal Sin painted by Raphael

O My Soul:

What a blessing a clear teaching on original sin is for the depressed.

Lutherans, who still hold to the Holy Scripture and the Book of Concord, state it this way:

Article II: Of Original Sin.

1] Also they teach that since the fall of Adam all men begotten in the natural way are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without trust in God, and with 2] concupiscence; and that this disease, or vice of origin, is truly sin, even now condemning and bringing eternal death upon those not born again through Baptism and the Holy Ghost.

3] They condemn the Pelagians and others who deny that original depravity is sin, and who, to obscure the glory of Christ's merit and benefits, argue that man can be justified before God by his own strength and reason.

I know, that is a mouthful. (For an even bigger mouthful go to the defense of this statement here.)

But it is comforting that sin is a like a fatal disease of the soul and One who can do something about my sin has and continues to do something about it. I need a Savior. I need the Savior, Jesus Christ.

My depression is a symptom of a darker and deadlier problem. Eternal death.

Thanks be to God I have a Savior,

Hope in Christ &
God bless you


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