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De-godding God

August 22, 2010

In his book Scandalous, D. A. Carson writes about our strong aversion to sin. He also explores why sin is so offensive to God.

When I do university missions today, for the most part I am speaking to biblical illiterates. The hardest truth to get across to them is not the existence of God, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, Jesus’ substitutionary atonement, or Jesus’ resurrection. . . . No, the hardest truth to get across to this generation is what the Bible says about sin.

Sin is generally a snicker-word: you say it, and everybody snickers. There is no shame attached to it. It is hard to get across how ugly sin is to God.

. . . not only does the Bible insist that there is such a thing as sin, it insists that the heart of its ugly offensiveness is its horrible odiousness to God–how it offends God.

. . . the root problem is our rebellion against God, our fascination with idolatry, our grotesque de-godding of God.

Scandalous, pp. 41-44

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