The Christian Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card?

Jesus Made Mistakes says T.F Thompson today (click the link to zip across to TF’s place).  It is a thought provoking piece and well worth reading to get the grey stuff working.

And I was left with this ponder …

Jesus is called the Son of God.  God … Jesus … The Holy Ghost are The Trinity.  The Trinity is – in effect – God.   And God cannot sin.  Only we sin.  Us mere mortals.  Whether that is because of Adam and Eve or something else is another discussion.    Nevertheless it is a Christian universal that “man is a sinner in the eyes of God”.

So being absolved of the consequences of sin – being saved – is highly prized by Christians.  Even though being saved does not stop sinning.  Being saved means sinning is forgiven before the sin happened and leads to heaven (the other consequence), post-mortal death, as opposed to hell (and that word is yet another discussion).

T.F. Thompson writes that Jesus made mistakes but did not sin.  Jesus made mistakes but could not sin. Jesus (as the Son of God – or as God) and sin are like oil and water – they will not mix (and that is another discussion of the scientific kind).

So to my ponder.

What is “sin”  – if Jesus walked that fine line between cock-ups – oversights unseen – unexpected foot in mouth moments – ratty tired moments – losing the plot every now and then – getting angry – getting sad – getting too happy – getting too angry – getting too sad – getting too tired – getting too ratty – and the “full gamut” of being mortally human.

Where does human stop and God (as Jesus) begin?

My question is not because I want a more complete list of sins to avoid.  My question is because I would like to see us all reduce “the list of sins” we are taught we must avoid.

My question is can we each be more godly AND human right now and right here.

Can we find unconditional love AND unconditional forgiveness from such a conversation?  Might that influence our behaviour today and tomorrow?  Could we actually take responsibility for the reality of unconditional love right now and always?

And could we find it (in those who call themselves Christians) to drop the excuses – to stop with the Christian get-out-of-jail-free card: “I am but a frail human being – a sinner saved only by the grace of God – Hallelujah” ?

As another human being is hurt thoughtlessly – damaged carelessly – savaged indignantly – accused maliciously – ground down ruthlessly – and all so very (very!) conditionally …

I think we can.

I think we must.



4 thoughts on “The Christian Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card?

  1. My take on sin is anything that “falls short” of walking in other-centered, self-giving love. That’s what Jesus said wraps all the commandments and the Scriptures into one. God IS love, therefore, by definition, He cannot sin. This definition probably both narrows the list of “sins” we traditionally have had, and creates a new list altogether. 🙂


    • Hi Mel, thank you. Adding your comments to TF’s “made mistakes” raises another question for me –

      When does a mistake become ““falls short” of walking in other-centered, self-giving love.”?

      Leaving aside malicious intent, conscious intent, purposeful intent – if the consequence of intent/no intent is the same – where does “falling short” sit?


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      • I think the question answers itself. If it’s truly done with other-centered, self-giving love, then the “mistake” is not a sin.

        An analogy would be the difference between a small child making a mistake (spilling the milk) or being rebellious because they want their own way. I think you’ll see that there’s a clear difference in what I’m saying, too.


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