Yesterday, I got a chance again to attend Fr. John’s Bible study. We are currently going over Galatians. Particularly yesterday, we were talking about being justified through faith versus being justified by following the Mosaic law.
With a law, there is the concept that if you break the law, you will incur a penalty. The example given was that the speed limit is 70 on M14, and if you happen to go 90 and get caught, there is a stiff penalty. (Of course, he says that he doesn’t know this from personal experience….)
Hmmm…. Now, I do happen to speed along M14…daily…. Keeping that in mind, let’s continue with our studies, shall we?
He goes on to say (not verbatim, but in essence) that a law makes you aware that you need help. That there’s nothing wrong with the law in itself, but something wrong with my capacity to keep it. And also that a bad place to be is to live under the illusion that I’m fine.
Oh great. So, nothing wrong with a speed limit, but there is something fundamentally wrong with the fact that I habitually do not observe it. And that I think that my action in this regard is okay, is a deeper sickness within me.