Thursday, December 04, 2003

and give them to those commenters who think who think there are some who think that there are circumstance under which it would be proper for a ruler to commit a mortal sin.

One perversion of this is the thought, "Well, Christianity is about self-sacrifice, and what greater sacrifice could there be than to jeopardize one's eternal soul for the life of the world!"

Luckily, Jesus has an answer for that -- "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. " I never thought I would see this used as a limitation on what we are called to give but there it is. We aren't called to give up our eternal lives, our mortal lives are all we can offer.

To commit a mortal sin and thinking we're performing a "greater love" is quite clearly incorrect.
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