“Why I am a Sinner and I Know Myself to be Such,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
My dear friends, thinkers, and readers, I bid and ask you to join with me in another adventure of intellectual discovery where those who may wish to engage in critical thinking and do not engage in and accept media lies, falsehoods and political code words and hype can join in the effort to gain truth and facts amid the barrage of corruption and virtual darkness we are confronted with and befuddled and made effective fools of. I welcome you in this quest and task of attaining and coming to know and grasp intellectual honesty and honest discernment. Join with me in this voyage of discovery to get at and find what is valid and authentic in this world of confusion and do come with me in tearing apart the curtain of lies and darkness that hide from us what is truth and facts.
My dear fellow thinkers, today I wish to speak of sin and evil and to say that I am a sinner and why I have come to know that. In our modern world, the idea of sin and evil and wickedness is if not accepted or even spoken of and referred to is for the most part denied. Christians believe in and accept the reality of sin and evil which we believe came into the world when Adam and Eve, our first parents, gave into the temptation of Satan in the Garden of Eden. With this what can be best termed a fall pain, suffering, and natural disaster, came into the world and of course sin in all its forms and manifestations. We believe that the death of Jesus on the cross provided humanity salvation from sin and death. Many people decline to accept these ideas and premises and in fact do not understand or acknowledge sin and its reality. I have to say that with a number of genocides in the last 100 years including the Holocaust, Armenian, Pol Pot, Rwanda, the Russian Revolution, and the Chinese Revolution, it is not easy to deny sin and evil, but many people do so and may trace this evil and wickedness to the environment or genetic factors. For me, these are weak inadequate explanations of a glaring and compelling reality. More to the point, many people deny that they are in sin and sinners and in need of the rescue of Jesus. In fact, I have heard many people say that they themselves are actually good if not great and the some if not most people say that they are good.
I can only speak of myself and, after some if not many years of inadequate behavior to my family and my neighbors, I have come know that looking at and truly understanding myself I know that I am in sin and a sinner. When I look at myself in the mirror, I see a selfish self-involved person driven not by love of others or love of my neighbor but by my love of myself. I see a person who under the surface is full of pride and arrogance and in fact really thinks quite well of himself. I see a person who in his life has done little for others other than the minimum of going to work, coming home, supporting themselves, and possibly their family. I see a person who has demanded as much love from others as can be gained and giving little or no love. I see a person whose goal, if time permits is entertainment and having a good time. I do not see a person whose goal should be the use of his talents and goods in the service of others. Yes, I know I am a sinner and I know this because I have taken a good hard look at the real person that god and Christ know of full well and this person which cannot and will not be hidden will be judged. I know that the sin I have talked about here is the reality of sin and I know that I am encased in it and I know I have come to know the truth of myself. The world and all humanity share this sinful nature and the only solution is in Christ and his salvation on the cross. I have chosen not to fool myself nor is god or Christ fooled. We are, if we acknowledge who we really are, encased in sin. Sin is not moral wrongdoing but selfishness and self-love and egotism, arrogance, and pride. Any of us who choose to deny this reality and truth are in a dream world which in time must fall apart.