Letter 8: In case we get what we deserve

Dear Abdallah


Thank you for your last letter! It was a pleasant surprise to me! Thank you very much for your effort to reply in such a comprehensive and understanding manner! Often people are inclined to minimise sins by classifying them into big and small ones: sins that can be compensated for by ‘good deeds’, those that need repentance and those that are unforgivable. The Bible makes a different assessment.


Maybe it is best understood when looking at what Jesus called the ‘Great Commandment’. It really is the sum total of the Law of God, the Ten Commandments:


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind . . . and . . . love your neighbour as yourself!” (Matthew 22:37, 39).


This is God’s desire for us. Anything short of that is actually ‘missing the aim’ He has for us. You will recall this allegory from my last letter.


To practise self-will or self-gratification instead of God’s will is not only missing the aim, but has consequences as well. The Bible simply states: