Why Doesn’t God Give Us Enough Grace to Overcome Sin?

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The question of today’s post comes from Peter Kreeft’s new book Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas. Kreeft offers an amazing array (over 350) of questions/issues which are addressed by Thomas Aquinas. He provides quotes from Aquinas and then adds his own voice either to clarify or augment the passage. Consider the following (All the quotes I give are from Kreeft’s own commentary):

  • Why doesn’t God give us enough grace to overcome sin? “If God prevented us from sinning, we might then sin even more, by pride, which is the worst sin of all. We would also be ignorant of ourselves and our weakness of will, our blindness of mind and the disorderliness of our passions. . . God is a pragmatist, like a doctor. He tolerates necessary bad side effects in order to cure a worse problem. In order to cure a worse disease, He refuses to cure the lesser…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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1 Response to Why Doesn’t God Give Us Enough Grace to Overcome Sin?

  1. Good question 🙂


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