Quotation by Henry Fairlie

There is still a great deal of legalism in the Old Testament idea of sin. The emphasis in the Sermon on the Mount is very different from that in the commandments that Moses brought down from Sinai. The commandments have been translated into beatitudes. "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth," is not a sentence one could read in the Old Testament without a jolt, but by the time we reach it in the New Testament, we have been prepared for it. It is set in the context of the rest of Christ's life and teaching. Without that example the sentence carries little conviction because there is no evidence that the meek do or ever will inherit the earth. We have been turned away from a concern merely with our outward acts, to contemplate what lies most deep in our innermost selves, hidden from all but ourselves and God.
Henry Fairlie (1924–1990), British author. "The Fact of Sin," The Seven Deadly Sins Today, New Republic Books (1978).
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