The Scale of Perfection, Book 2, Part 1 – Chapter 1

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SECTION I: That a Man is the Image of God after the Soul and not after the Body; and how he is restored and reformed thereto that was misshapen by Sin
SECTION II: That Jews and Pagans and also false Christians are not reformed effectually through the virtue of the Passion through their own Faults

These are chapters 1 to 3 of The Scale of Perfection – Book 2 in Middle English:
This chapitle scheweth that a man is seid the image of God aftir the soule and not aftir the bodi.
Hou it nedide to mankynde that oonli thorugh the passioun of oure Lord it schulde be restorid and reformed that was forsaken bi the first synne.
That Jewes and paynymes and also fals Cristene men are not reformed effectuali thorugh vertu of this passioun for here owen defaute.

Sin

"But thorugh synne of the first man Adam it was disfigured and forschapen into anothir liknesse, as y have bifore seid."

Hilton raises the issue of sin. How many of us and our ministers and priests have lost that sense of sin? Loss of the sense of sin is evidence of lack of humiity before God. Such loss impedes our progress in prayer.

Pax,
John Ignatius




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