Second post in a seriesÂ drawing from and interacting with Richard Mouwâ€™sÂ Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal IntroductionÂ (Eerdmans, 2011). If you missed it, you may desire to start at the beginning of the series with The Lure of Kuyper.
Following the biblical narrative, Kuyper holds:
when Eve and Adam succumbed to the Serpentâ€™s challenge, then, they turned their wills away from God and placed their ultimate trust in something less than God. (Mouw, 10)
This turning of the will, not necessarily the act, is the first sin. Kuyper reminds us that when we sin in the heart we sin in the flesh, echoing the words of Christ. Sin is not merely an act for Kuyper. Too often we focus on what we do and call that sin. This allows us to forget that sin is a condition placed upon us by our rebellion. We are cursed not just by Death, but to live under the shadow of death the rest of our lives. [Read more…] about Kuyperâ€™s Vision of Sin and Redemption