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.


Hi J.N.,

Sin is that which impedes the love of God from being manifest to us. It is an objective reality, not a mere construct of theological erudition. We Christian mystics experience God directly and intimately, and struggle against sin in ourselves in order that we might draw closer to God.

You on the other hand are enchanted with the prophets of the zeitgeist. These poor souls have long since separated themselves from even a slight rapprochement to God. Why do you even bother to entertain the thoughts of Christian mystics? There is a great chasm between us and atheistic secularism, a chasm which extends from this world to the next.

Feuerbach said if God didn’t exist, we’d invent Him anyway, and we did. This thought was enumerated and foisted upon Europe by Marx. They argued that the concept of God fulfills a basic need of mankind for a psychological mechanism to ward off fear in a hostile environment that often presents circumstances that eradicate us. These prophets are people who have blocked their own natures and inadequacies such that they have created an artificial gestalt replete with synthetic analogs in place of reality. They have attacked their own mother nature within and have killed her. As an old Indian wise man once said to me, the city folks are strange... They put up a barrier within behind which they construct their own artificial world so they can ignore the real world. They have so distanced themselves from the Source of reality, that they are mentally blind to truth.

“The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise, they became fools.”

The prophets of the zeitgeist such as Feuerbach and Marx cannot handle an all powerful, all knowing, righteous God who is appalled by our sinful ways of perversion and self indulgence that run against His natural law. They cannot handle a God who manifests Himself as self sacrificial, and whose invitation to us to come close can result in the further invitation to mount the cross with Him.

As noted by Scott Hahn, if God did exist, we’d invent atheism anyway, and we did. For many of us, we cannot handle the real true and objective God. We’d rather believe in a Santa Clause god, or a fuzzy teddy bear god that affirms all our perversions, or no god rather than believe in the righteous Reality that is. We mystics prefer to face Our Lord with a mental nakedness shrift of all biases and nonsense. We face Him with nothing left, nada, so He can fill us with Himself. Sin is the stumbling block to our success.

John Ignatius of the Signature of God, OCDS