Well, at least you're using the word "sin" where it has been stated in this thread that "sin" doesn't exist in the Jewish culture. Also, I find your analogy of how the 'entire rope can be cut clean through' interesting since I had also previously been given the impression that there's really no such thing as "evil" and that people just don't know any better when they do bad things and that one day everyone is going to, um, 'wake up' and start to obey the Torah and the 7 mitzvohs. But I thought about this news story about how when the guilty verdict was being handed down during the trial of a serial killer and how the serial killer laughed and the reaction of the father of his murdered daughter:Well, I'm not sure about what you were told. This is how I understand it. Each commandment is different. Breaking them has different effects. I don't think anyone really fully understands the mechanics of it. Trying to make it very simple... Imagine that each person is connected to God by a rope. Each commandment is a strand of the rope. Each sin cuts a strand of the rope. Repentence reconnects the strands. A broken heart, truly broken and crushed, renders a whole new rope. Which is useful because some transgressions are so severe that the entire rope is cut clean through, every strand.
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And while I was looking for that video, I found a similar one below:
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Okay, thanks.It wasn't that complicated actually. I mentioned it in post 551. But, this notion that we don't sin, and don't have a concept of sin isn't really true.
Thanks.Those are some good ideas.
Right. Exactly. And that's what I was talking about when I mentioned "polarization." Because sometimes when people are opposed to each other, they want to be so opposite in every little way.Sure! Where do you think they got their ideas from? Some people ( many people? ) do back flips trying to deny any similarity what so ever with Christianity. But the truth is, we Jews own those ideas. They came from us. Christianity has tiny splinters of it, and has warped and added to it in places.
I'm confused. I thought that Jews weren't supposed to say it at all.We're not supposed to say it in vain.
I looked at the quote again and you're right. Thanks.What the article said was, where the offerings are described in the Torah, it is always coming from God described by the 4 letter name. So, it's talking about what's written, not about what is actually done during the offering.
It's based on what I emphasized in the quotes about "sin" and before you explained that the idea that the Jews don't believe in the concept of human sin was not true. But now I know differently.What's hmmmm? The new emoji's don't do a good job expressing your reaction, sadly.
That's what I thought you meant. And I am familiar with the concept and it works.Well. Conquering it is a gift. The capability, and the tools, that we are given for this purpose are a gift. But, if we are just given these tools, and never use them, they have no value... therefore, the evil inclination along with the capability to conquer it is the gift.
Regarding keeping it busy... that's not too difficult to understand.
It's interesting how Christians believe that God intended for Adam and Eve and their descendants to live happy and comfortable lifes, however, Jews seem to believe that God created life to be an obstacle course because it's supposed to be the only way to give life true meaning and to make people better?The evil inclination opposes. That's what it does. It's drawn to holiness, it's attracted to it. It cannot control itself. So, a person can make honey pot, they can make themselves a honey pot. And spend all their time involved in the law. Learning the law, following the law, all its details, etc. The entire time the evil inclination will be obsessed with this, trying to find ways to undermine it, looking for loopholes, trying to convince the person not to do it, trying to get them to mess up. If the law is complicated enough, and if the person never interrupts what they're doing, the evil inclination will be overwhelmed, and unable to do much.