Transitus de regno peccati ad regnum Dei
Archival Number: A565
Author: Lonergan, B.
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56500D0L060 May 3
Transition from the reign of sin to the reign of God is aversion from creatures and conversion to God.
(1) The perfect aversion is death: death is the wages of sin. Death takes away not only visible things but sight; not only audible things but hearing; not only touchable things but touch. Although Christ neither committed nor had sin, he made his own the perfection which alone is possible to us; not only did he die, he suffered and died. Hebrews 2.10: It was fitting that God … should make the pioneer of salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 5.8: He learned obedience from those things that he suffered.
(2) The Christian, before dying bodily, dies to sin so as to live for God. Romans 6.2-11, Colossians 3.1-4. The death and resurrection of Christ, mortification and prayer.
(3) As in the epilogue of Insight, opposed forces: the depravation of intellect over against faith as healing and as elevating; the determinism of the will over against hope; the absurdity of the situation over against charity. ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’ is justice bringing equality, but in an absurd situation, the perpetual absurd returns over and over again. Matthew 5.30ff.