WOOOOO! -- Bonita, are you saying that we don't have to worry about sin because, there is not sin? and that sin is not real? therefore "dam the torpedoes, full speed ahead"?
No, that is NOT what I said, or what TUB says. The quote says that sin is not personally real to God. Sin is not a person. It is real to the law of God, however, and there are consequences to sin.
Sin is defined as deliberate
disloyalty to deity, meaning God. Disloyalty means refusing to do God's will. There are different levels of disloyalty, but in order for disloyalty to be sin, it must be deliberate and conscious. 89:10.2Sin must be redefined as deliberate disloyalty to Deity. There are degrees of disloyalty: the partial loyalty of indecision; the divided loyalty of confliction; the dying loyalty of indifference; and the death of loyalty exhibited in devotion to godless ideals.89:10.3 There is no real sin in the absence of conscious disloyalty to Deity.
Many times we are unaware of our disloyalty, we get confused about what is God's will and what is our own will, we sometimes think we know but we procrastinate because we don't think it's important enough to act upon, or that it can wait until a later time. But it's all different degrees of disloyalty and sin. Isn't it wonderful that God is so patient and forgiving?
In your sighting the quote above, you underlined "for sin is not spiritual reality" which to me, means that you imply that sin is unseen or invisible? but the remaining quote reaffirms that mortals are identified with sin.
Whoa Nelly . . . I'm not implying anything. The quote says what it says. Sin is conscious, deliberate disloyalty to God and an unwillingness to do his will. God doesn't see the sin, he sees the person who is fighting against him. And since God is the only true reality there is, the more a person resists to align him/herself with reality, or God, the less real he/she becomes.
It would appear that the indwelling spirit is unaffected by sin but attempt to adjust the mortal through the recognition of sin to the sinful mortal. Jesus' part is the mercy from the affect of sin, should sin persist in the mortal.
I'm not sure what you're talking about exactly, but the Adjuster most certainly suffers from our sins and evil thinking. 108:6.2 Through the bestowal of the divine gifts the Father makes the closest possible approach to sin and evil, for it is literally true that the Adjuster must coexist in the mortal mind even in the very midst of human unrighteousness. The indwelling Adjusters are particularly tormented by those thoughts which are purely sordid and selfish; they are distressed by irreverence for that which is beautiful and divine, and they are virtually thwarted in their work by many of man’s foolish animal fears and childish anxieties.
Mercy comes from God, Jesus is the revelation of God's mercy. But despite a lavish gift of mercy credits, it is possible for a person to become so unreal as to make mercy unattainable. Although God, as a person, has no attitude toward sin because sin is not a person, the law of God does most certainly react to sin.146:2.5 4. There is a basic law of justice in the universe which mercy is powerless to circumvent. The unselfish glories of Paradise are not possible of reception by a thoroughly selfish creature of the realms of time and space. Even the infinite love of God cannot force the salvation of eternal survival upon any mortal creature who does not choose to survive. Mercy has great latitude of bestowal, but, after all, there are mandates of justice which even love combined with mercy cannot effectively abrogate.