Understanding The Bible
Clarence E. Mason's "HAMARTIOLOGY"
PART-4: QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
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BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
- QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FALL
- Was the fall necessary?
"Nothing is more remarkable in the whole history of man's moral life than
the powerlessness of the Devil to overcome us apart from our own assent and
consent. If we resist, he flees; if we yield, he wins." (W. H. Griffith
- Lessons from the temptation and fall
- God is not the author of sin.
- Sin came from without, not from within the nature of
- "The foundation of sin lies in man's desire for
self-assertion and his determination to be independent of God." (Thomas)
- "As soon as one does not wholeheartedly and
unreservedly trust God, mistrust is gaining ground and sin has entered. "
- Why did God allow the temptation?
"The answer must always be that God will have only that count as moral
behavior, worthy of a being made in God's image, which is freely given and
maintained even where the possibility of doing otherwise offers itself. To
do what God desires, merely because one cannot do otherwise, has no moral
worth. It would be a morality like unto that of beams which uphold the house
because they have been put into place and cannot but bear the load. To do
the right where there has never been an opportunity of doing wrong is not
moral behavior. The opportunity to do otherwise must present itself. This
is the temptation." (Leupoid)
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