Jonathan Edwards – Sin Is Infinite Evil

4 Jan

Our obligation to love, honor and obey any being is in proportion to his loveliness, honor and authority. Therefore, sin against God, being a violation of infinite obligations, must be a crime infinitely heinous and so deserving infinite punishment. If there is any evil in sin against God it is infinite evil.

~Jonathan Edwards~






The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 1 (Peabody, MA; Hendrickson Publishers, Inc; 2007) p. 669.

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3 Responses to “Jonathan Edwards – Sin Is Infinite Evil”

  1. akribos January 4, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    The use of “infinite” sounds philosophically deep, yet the idea that its use conveys is found nowhere in the Bible. It’s a category mistake. If one replaces the word “infinite” with something like “fully” or “completely” then this quote will line up more accurately with what the Bible teaches.

    • Bentley January 4, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      An insightful comment my friend! It’s of utmost importance that we stick closely to Scripture and realize that even our revered old guys from ages past are not infallible in all they teach. Nevertheless, I would be comfortable Biblically with calling sin an “infinite” evil. How else can we explain the eternal punishment given to it? I think Edwards is wrestling with why it is that God takes sin so seriously as to either punish it in eternal hell or in the death of His eternal Son. The reason the Son had to die and that unrepentant sinners are punished forever is because sin is against an infinitely holy and worthy and beautiful God, therefore it is an infinite evil that deserve infinite punishment.

  2. lacykitkat January 5, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Reblogged this on HE STILL SPEAKS!.

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