Some folks in our community grew up in the Christian Church. Others didn’t but their view of God, sin, and salvation, have been profoundly influenced by common church instincts. Either way, we pick up some toxic ideas as the centuries roll past and from time to time need to revisit them and make mid-course corrections.
The Christian doctrine of original sin, improperly intuited makes self-control a really hard to embrace.
In these parenthetical remarks in the middle of our lesson on self-control, do some rethinking with me.