Monday, October 06, 2003

Sin doesn't disprove Christianity


There has been lots of ink spilled recently about a famous radio host who may or may not have had a drug dependency. Now, Rush is not a noted Christian voice, although I believe he is a believer. But he does speak about morality and the necessity of it for the common good. Now that he may have fallen, the vultures have come out to pick at the carcass: "Rush is a hypocrite!" they say. "This shows what a big phony he is!"

Now, Rush may be a phony and a hypocrite, but this does not mean that he is wrong. As a matter of fact, his failures show again just how important moral action is. Sin is destructive and insidious, and the fact that those who preach against it also sin is to be expected.

We've had a similar reaction against the Church because of the recent sex scandals in the priesthood. The theory is that if priests can't live a sinless life, nobody can, and further, we should stop trying. But one must pay attention to the Christian message: it is not that Christians do not sin. Rather, the message is that all have sinned and continue to sin, but that Christians hope.

Christians know sin, we expect sin, but we have a remedy. Christianity would be disproved if people didn't sin. Secular humanism says that sin doesn't exist, it can't exist, and if we could only be rational and free from the superstition of religion, we wouldn't sin. It is secular humanism that is disproved by the fact of sin, which it cannot explain.

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