G.K. Chesterton once wrote "Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved"
After the thousands of years of human history it is quite easy to discern that man lives in a fallen state. Chesterton is without question my favorite writer, and for that matter my favorite thinker.
People have pretty much diminished sin today. I guess when you diminish God you diminish sin. There was time however when sin was taken seriously. Once upon a time there were things known as the 7 Deadly Sins -
LUST, GLUTTONY, GREED, SLOTH, WRATH, ENVY AND PRIDE. These sins now pretty much represent the every day life of the secular world. I saw a commercial for this birth control YAZ. It is so silly, all these women running around beaming with pride that they can have sex with anybody they want at anytime. Oh yeah, that's what dogs do. Greed is the overwhelming factor that the United States is in this economic mess - greed of bankers, greed of corporate CEO's, greed of politicians, greed of the people who want more and more toys, what is excessive is now considered a necessity. Children are entitled all those nice little things: the cell phone, the computer, the purses, the ipods and on and on. People wanted a big new house that they really couldn't afford. America needs to wake up. This season of Lent to come can be a time of examination of conscience - a time to look at the person you are and see exactly where you are in building God's Kingdom. This planet earth belongs to God, it is a part of his Kingdom, we are servants in the Kingdom. Our goal is not to seek carnal pleasures, stockpile gold, grab as much power and prestige as we can possible get. No, our goal is to build up God's Kingdom through obedience to the will of the Father. It doesn't really matter if the calendar stops at 2012, because if you are living in sin, your life is already over.