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Biblical Nuggets: Augustine’s “Pear Incident” and the Understanding of Human Total Depravity

Augustine records this “pear incident” in his Confession to rationally and empirically demonstrate why human beings voluntarily sin. We love to sin; so we make conscious decision to sin. He recalls this one particular incident of his childhood when his friends and he stole pears not to eat but to throw them away. So, he argues that we sin not because we have to but we love to sin.

This is coherent with the Scripture where Apostle Paul asserts in Romans 7:14-20 ESV

(14) For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. (15) For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. (16) Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. (17) So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. (18) For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. (19) For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. (20) Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.


Monday Devotion: Celebrating Confession

Reflecting on God’s forgiveness of our sins helps us to confess our sin. Recall the passion of Jesus Christ – his intense suffering and crucifixion. And meditate on the death of Christ. Then, we can conceive the picture of sacrifice of Jesus and his forgiveness to all who mocked, flogged, spitted, kicked, pinched, and condemned him. First, we might hardly believe that we are also one of them who crucified Jesus on the cross, but we will recognize ourselves eventually. We also come to realize that Roman soldiers crucified Jesus only one time, but we are crucifying Jesus through our impure and lustful thoughts every day. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Celebrating Confession

Monday Devotion: The Discipline of Confession

The Discipline of Confession 

Reading Notes

Crucifixion of Jesus Christ makes confession and the forgiveness of sins possible.

Confession is the mean of healing and transforming the inner spirit.

The discipline of confession helps the believer to grow into fullness of Jesus Christ.

Genuine confession becomes possible because of God’s grace and love.

Our presumption of the believing community as the fellowship of saints rather than the fellowship of redeemed sinner keeps us from genuine confession of our sins.

Mutual confession releases power to heal us from the deep sins and transforms us.

Confession begins in sorrow, but it ends in joy.

Confession leads us to change and brings an end to pretense.

Reflecting on Confession 

Sin is a universal element of the human condition which is contrary to God’s righteousness and holiness. Sin produces rampant characteristics in humanity which breaks the rules of God. In other words, sin leads to immorality and is a constraint of human conscience.  Continue reading Monday Devotion: The Discipline of Confession

Monday Devotion: Dorothy L. Sayers on Confession

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 – 1957)

Background and Context

Dorothy Leigh Sayers was born in Oxford in 1893. She was the only child of her parents. Her father Rev. Henry was an Anglican clergyman and headmaster of Christ Church cathedral school. He taught Sayers Latin at the age of six in her house before she went to school. She was a precocious child, so she got scholarship to study in Somerville College in Oxford where she finished her B.A. and M.A. in Medieval French.

In 1926, she got married with O.A. Fleming, a journalist and former military man who served during World War I. She was very imaginative and intellectual writer and scholar. She had written several novels, dramas, fictions, literary criticism, and theological books and essays. She started her career as an advertising copywriter in London and became a successful advertiser, after she collaborated with another artist for the advertisement of Colman’s mustard “The Mustard Club”. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Dorothy L. Sayers on Confession