But to represent the Almighty as avenging the sins
of the guilty on the innocent, was indecent, if not blasphemous, as it was to represent him acting against the first principles of natural justice, and against the original notions of right and wrong, which he himself had implanted in our minds; by which we were to judge not only in all matters which were not revealed, but even of the truth of revelation itself.
But you absolve me from all other sins
, why not from that?
If now you married again with the object of bearing children, your sin
might be forgiven.
For all sins
, as theologians weary not of reminding us, are sins
of wickedness; and to keep it fresh in his mind joins a
And they produce a host of books written by Musaeus and Orpheus, who were children of the Moon and the Muses--that is what they say-- according to which they perform their ritual, and persuade not only individuals, but whole cities, that expiations and atonements for sin
may be made by sacrifices and amusements which fill a vacant hour, and are equally at the service of the living and the dead; the latter sort they call mysteries, and they redeem us from the pains of hell, but if we neglect them no one knows what awaits us.
in evil strait this day I stand Before my Judge, either to undergoe My self the total Crime, or to accuse My other self, the partner of my life; Whose failing, while her Faith to me remaines, I should conceal, and not expose to blame By my complaint; but strict necessitie Subdues me, and calamitous constraint, Least on my head both sin
and punishment, However insupportable, be all Devolv'd; though should I hold my peace, yet thou Wouldst easily detect what I conceale.
If God our Father was your friend, and was willing to save you from sin
and suffering, so as you should neither know wicked feelings nor pain again?
, her ignominy, were the roots which she had struck into the soil.
In your hour of sin
raise your eyes to the skies and you will be again and again saved.
In this world, shipmates, sin
that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
She knew only that it was sin
, and she lifted her head proudly, recklessly resolved, in one great surge of revolt, to sin
to the uttermost.