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Interesting article. I have a theory that people tend to more harshly condemn those sins they are least likely to commit. Such sins are also viewed as more repugnant than others. Maybe it is a defense tool that we use to protect ourselves, but if that's the case, we're living with a false sense of security. I think the church needs a detailed study on the 10 Commandments (we fight to have them on the courthouse wall without knowning their implications). Using catechisms, we should look more closely at what the church has traditionally taught about each commandment. Maybe we should even compare catechisms, like the Catholics new catechism to the Westminster and Hieldberg catechism used in Presbyterian/Reformed Churches and Luther's catechism. Such a study should remind us that we're all sinners and be quite humbling, a trait that's needed these days.
Interesting theory, Sage. On the other hand, I have also heard that we hate most in others what we hate in ourselves and can't bear to look at within ourselves.It would indeed be interesting to compare catechisms. You are one up on me since I'm not familiar with either the Westminster and Heidelberg catechisms.However, I am personally constantly being humbled by the sins that come from lack of perfection. Thank you for your insightful comments, as always.
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