Some Spiritual Guidance

Whenever I rank the seriousness of sins, I like to start with mine first. Those are the lightest sins, easy to forgive. Not much to see here. Next are the sins that I have not personally struggled with – but mostly because I haven’t had the chance to. They are bad and people who commit them should be shunned, but if one day it is I who commits them, I do think they are ultimately forgivable and deserve mercy. Finally we have the most egregious sins. Those are sins I have never struggled with and almost definitely never will. They are abominable and unforgivable. Those people will go to hell and rightfully so. That was their choice. They should have chosen instead to commit my sins and they too could go to heaven with me and God.

Comments

  1. Many are going to mistake the message of this post. I worry for anyone who finds themselves nodding their heads and breathlessly declaring, “That is right!”

    Thank you for writing it Matt. Very well done.

  2. Excellent! Thank you.

  3. Makes me laugh….then I cry.

  4. Spot on, Matt.

  5. If anyone needs a list of the specific sins Matt commits, let me know.

  6. you are one of my favorite humans

  7. Damn straight!

  8. How is it that we are so amazingly good at being judgy? Even reading a great post like this, it’s so easy to immediately see how often other people act as described, and so easy to judge them for doing it. Trying to keep my focus only on my own tendency to judge is like trying to push the like poles of two magnets toward each other–they just won’t stay close.

  9. There’s about as much nuance here as there is in the “if you don’t support this policy change, it’s because you hate the brethren” motif. You can’t paint everyone who disagrees with you on this issue as simplistic as the OP does, and then get angry that similarly simplistic narratives are being hurled your way too. It’s a two-way street.

  10. Amen. I ran into this in a class discussion on whether people who drink and drive are more dangerous than people who drive tired. Statistically the danger is similar in my part of the world, but the split in first voting which was worse, and then which we have done, (correlated with our answers but anonymous) found that all except 2 people in the class thought that the “sin” they were not as guilty of was worse or unforgivable. The discussion after the results came up was interesting.

    (I live outside the Mormon corridor, and about half the students had driven when they thought they were above the legal limit, more than half had been “close to falling asleep” while driving.)

  11. Your assumptions about the OP are incorrect, Jimbob. I actually have no interest in discussing “this issue” at this point and have actively avoided it all week. Believe it or not, I was not thinking about the policy change at all when I wrote it. Rather I was thinking about my own (and I think most people’s) natural tendency when rendering judgement of others.

    You can apply this to whatever you want, but if your assumptions about my motives are wrong, your criticism of my motives is worthless.

  12. Which I suppose is itself a lesson on judgement.

  13. Matt you’re putting an extra ‘e’ in judgement and I wonder if you are secretly British.

  14. Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you.

    This does not extend to the following sinners:

    Murderers, Rapists, Pedophiles, Wife abusers (Physical or Psychological), Men addicted to pornography, Male adulterers.

  15. So. Excellent.