“How can I, a Sinner, Pray to and even Approach the Holy God who Abhors Sin in any Form?” by Andrew J. Schatkin

“How can I, a Sinner, Pray to and even Approach the Holy God who Abhors Sin in any Form?” by Andrew J. Schatkin

Ladies and gentlemen, it took many years and came about with much reflection to come to realize my encasement and capture by sin and death. It takes much reflection to come to understand this reality of our human nature since most, or at least many people, think of themselves as generally good and sometimes will say they are great. They say they are good or great since they generally don’t do a great deal of harm to others in their lives; they may even try to help their neighbor if they can; and they may support their families. Most important, most of us associate sin with the forms of moral wrongdoing set forth in the Decalog such as not to kill; not to commit adultery; and not to rob or worship an idol of stone or wood. And, so most of us far from seeing ourselves as sinners are really quite self-satisfied. This is because we narrow-thinking beings misunderstand the nature and grip of sin founded in self love, self interest, and outright devotion to self and our selfishness. This devotion to self is the root of the active sin we see every day in the world. The moral violations we see surrounding us are the surface of sin and it is the self-love and selfishness. What I have just written about is the root of all the trouble in the world or, better put, it is our fallen imperfect nature that is cause of all the sin evil and trouble.

As for my initial question, when we come to realize our sin, how we can even pray to the holy god and approach him the answer is that in sending his only begotten son to suffer and die for us god recognized the problem and took steps to solve and correct it? And so, when we pray, we can pray and approach god and do so despite our sin and because of his love and forgiveness. He knows of our sins and takes us in as we pray as his children. Our sins when we pray are covered since as Jesus said he came to save sinners and rescue a sin-driven and sin-enclosed humanity.