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.

Relativism

Hi JN,

In other words, isn’t the idea of sin simply relative to situational conditions? That the idea of sin is a figment of our fantasies rather than a reading on reality? Thus should we be free to adapt and move on?

This relativism is the foundation upon which the zeitgeist comes to dominate our lives rather than Christ.

I sense the love of Christian brotherhood in Lee, and I agree with Mark in that the spirit of Our Lord directs us unconditionally to love. Additionally, we need to learn the details, and He teaches us this in His revelation.

Consider the situational ethics of: “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me… unless of course one is in the public square and might offend the easily offendable. In that case thou shalt bend thy soul to the enlightenment of multiculturalism and leave room for other gods as that of wicca or of no gods as that of Marx.”

Revelation does show us the mind of God, and to make progress in prayer, we need to please Him, not the zeitgeist.

Pax,
John Ignatius




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