Keith makes a point in a comment that is worth talking about in more depth. He questions my interpretation of John 16.9, and I think it’s a core issue we need to deal with.
The Bible (NRSV) says:
“When [the Advocate] comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me…”
I interpret it this way:
“When I inject Sarayu into the world, she will contradict the core beliefs that make the System run. The System functions on the assumption that problems are caused by rule-breaking. Sarayu will prove that problems come from beliefs that do not fit with Reality.
Here are Keith’s thoughts on this:
1) It reduces sin to being an effect rather than THE cause. You hold it is merely “problems caused by…”.
Sin is a thing that God hates to the point that, in order to save us from its penalty of eternal separation from God, it cost the Lord Jesus infinitely.
2) Sin doesn’t COME FROM “beliefs that do not fit with Reality”. It RESULTS in them. We are not victims of misunderstanding, but perpetrators of iniquity.
I am saying that it is my false beliefs that lead to my boundary-violating behaviors. Or in more traditional terms, my refusal to believe in Jesus causes me to sin.
Keith sees it working the other way–sin is the cause, and false belief is what results.
Chicken or egg? What do you think?