Monday, March 3, 2008

People Are Not Always to Blame for the Evil They Choose to Do

Rev. Peter Buss gave a great sermon about how people are not always to blame for the evil they do - even evil they have chosen to do. One of the main passages he referred to was Arcana Coelestia 4171. Here's an excerpt; read the whole thing.
Evils with man have many origins. The first origin is from inheritance by continual derivations from grandparents and great-grandparents into the father, and from the father, in whom the evils are thus accumulated, to one's self. The second origin is from what is actual, that is, what a man acquires to himself by a life of evil. This evil he in part receives by inheritance, as from an ocean of evils, and carries into act; and in part adds thereto many things of himself. From this comes the own which man acquires for himself. But this actual evil, which man makes his own, has also various origins - in general two: one, that he receives evil from others through no fault of his own; and the other, that he receives it of his own accord, thus through his own fault. That which a man receives from others without any fault of his own, is what is signified in the Word by “what is torn”....

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