Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The North and the South

Beth and I have spent a good bit of time over the last few weeks (especially over the weekend) watching the 1985 and 1986 mini-series North and South. We had watched some of it after we first got married, but we missed a lot of it as well.

One thing that struck me mightily was the trajectory of the career that Patrick Swayze followed after that, and his subsequent struggle with cancer and death. Watching Swayze as an energetic young man, likely at his prime, and knowing of the struggle that followed.

This is the wage of sin. The wage of sin is death. And what a fool Bryan Cross is (and what a travesty it is for Roman Catholicism) to say "venial sins are not a violation of God's law".

Every sin is hugely offensive to God. Apart from the Scriptural and theological reasons why the least sin is death, here is an example from nature as to why sin is death.


  1. Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
    who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
    who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter.

    21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    and clever in their own sight. (Isaiah 5:20-21)

    Thanks, John.


  2. Wow. Byran Cross's explanation of venial sins (at the link you provided) sounds a lot like Islam. "big sins" (adultery, murder, rebellion) vs. little sins (weakness, forgetfulness)

    1. Ken, that doesn't surprise me.