Sin Is A Sickness—False Concept 1

This is precisely what we are currently hearing from all quarters. Psychologists, criminologists, lawyers, and sociologists are singing in unison for the rehabilitation of the unfortunate, sick element in our society. Punishment is out of the question because it is applicable only when an individual is responsible for what he does. We are living in an age when criminals possess more rights than victims; an era when a tolerant lawyer will enlist the expertise of a humanitarian psychologist to prove to an unbiased and just court that to prosecute constitutes cruel and unusual treatment.

Once again, Dr. Menninger asks:

Is no one any longer guilty of anything? Is it only that someone may be stupid or sick …? Is no one responsible, no one answerable for these acts? Anxiety and depression we all acknowledge, and even vague guilt feelings; but has no one committed any sin? [1]Karl Menninger, Whatever Became of Sin, Hawthorn, p. 13.

The thing we ought to find most frightening of all, however, is the fact that more and more Christians are jumping on this bandwagon. One prominent Christian author refers to the “sin infection,” contending that when Adam sinned “that one sin infected the whole human race, still in his loins, with the sickness of sin and death. Since then, all men are born sinners with the sentence of death upon them. It’s a fatal disease with only one known cure.” [2]Hal Lindsay, The Liberation of Planet Earth, Zondervan, pp. 63, 67.  The implications of this mentality are given in verse in Anna Russel’s “Psychiatric Folksong.”

At three I had a feeling of
Ambivalence toward my brothers,
And so it follows naturally
I poisoned all my lovers.
But now I’m happy; I have learned
The lesson this has taught;
That everything I do that’s wrong
Is someone else’s fault. [3]Anna Russell quoted in The Crisis in Psychiatry and Religion, Von Nostrand, p. 49.

In a world of lenience, tolerance and rationalization of sin, will even the church of Jesus Christ fail to call sin what it is? Will we join the ranks of those who would make people pathetic rather than guilty? Where in scripture is sin spoken of as a sickness or disease? Where no choice is involved neither can there be accountability. This is certainly basic, elementary reasoning and only those seeking sanctuary from personal responsibility and accountability could possibly find issue.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Karl Menninger, Whatever Became of Sin, Hawthorn, p. 13.
2. Hal Lindsay, The Liberation of Planet Earth, Zondervan, pp. 63, 67.
3. Anna Russell quoted in The Crisis in Psychiatry and Religion, Von Nostrand, p. 49.

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