“All have sinned. There is no dispute”
“There are sins for which there is no meaningful repentance”
And then it begs the question “what is sin?”… But wait, Cain killed his brother and his punishment was exile. David committed murder by killing Goliath and cutting off his head and was rewarded. Not to mention all the “sexual sins” which led to lusting after another man’s wife, betraying that man’s loyalty to him, taking his wife, fathering a child by her, telling her to deceive her husband, and finally putting him in front of the battle to get killed. The woman brought to Jesus to be stoned accused of committing adultery. The two thieves on the cross by Jesus’ side. The persecution of Jesus’ followers by Paul and the stoning of Steve. The racism and bigotry and bickering and discord among the disciples. Yet the church sugar coats all of these incidents of “sin” by glamorizing their lives through SS lessons taught to children at a very early age. I remember whenever I got to the part of David and Goliath where David drew his sword and cut off Goliath’s head, I hesitated because it was even too hard for me as the adult in the room to accept such a violent act. Yet I told the story to my children and to the hundreds of little children who eagerly listened. And here we are discussing “real sinners” in the context of our human perception and understanding that is so incredibly egregious and pathetic totally lacking the capacity to make any sound judgement on anyone over their actions, choices and desires. After all God sees the heart, we don’t.