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The Indictment of All Men (6 of 47)
Paul so far has presented arguments against four different groups of people. He has presented God's case against immoral and moral pagan and against the moral and immoral Jews. Paul has basically said that all people are guilty because of sin before God.
Guilty, that is a word that we expect to hear from a judge or jury on someone who has committed a crime. It is not something that people have a easy time to hear, but it is something that we all know deep done inside we are to some extent.
Ann Landers once wrote about guilt, "One of the most painful, self-mutilating, time- and energy-consuming exercises in the human experience is guilt. . .It can ruin your day - or your week or your life - if you let it. It turns up like a bad penny when you do something dishonest, hurtful, tacky, selfish, or rotten. . .Never mind that it was the result of ignorance, stupidity, laziness, thoughtlessness, weak flesh, or clay feet. You did wrong and the guilt is killing you. Too bad. Be assured, the agony you feel is normal... Remember guilt is a pollutant and we don't need any more of it in the world."
Senca, the ancient Roman philosopher said, that every guilty person is his own hangman. No matter how often people tell themselves they should not feel guilty, inevitably they do something that shows that they are guilty. Guilt drives people to many different things. It will drive people towards alcohol, drugs, despair, depression, and which in the end drives people to suicide.
Today pop psychology has told us to blame everything but the real source. We have heard we need to blame our parents, our school, our society, and people. Blaming other people has gone so far in California that a person can sue there parents for their bad life. The grounds is that they can say that their bad life is their parents fault and that their parents should of aborted them instead of letting ...
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