sinless for how long
what is amazing is the battle between flesh and spirit.. the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.. here in Christian circles, we talk about how much love we have for God, or desire to have for God, and at moments in time, we too have needs or desires, some of which are legitimate, pull strongly at us, that we are tempted and pulled to give in contrary to our desire and commitment to live a life that is pleasing to God.. the philosophical question is: how long can one go without sinning? a week? a day? an hour? a minute? 15 seconds? is there a such a thing as eradication of sin from one’s life? complete victory over sin? in some circles, a victorious Christian life is spoken of as an ongoing reality, as if there is some sort of sinless perfection (there’s even a hymn with that phrase), but from my understanding of reality, this is such a set-up-for-failure and delusion – the evidence is that we are simultaneous sinner and saint, that we are (more accurately) saints who occasionally sin.. saying this I don’t mean to say that there is no victory from sin, because Jesus came to save us from sin, and it is clear from Scripture that God gives us the strength in the Spirit to overcome the bondage of sin, that we can be freed from sin, that we can rely on God and to not have to give in to bad habits and sinfulness. That’s the victory, and after the wins and losses are added up, we’ll see a winning record by the grace of God.