Good day everybody.
My name is Anne, I'm on the wrong side of sixty. I've been seeking some sort of understanding all my life, and it keeps eluding me. Through a Christian friend of mine, I found this site, and have browsed for quite a while.
Recently I saw a thread in this section, which really struck me, because the non Christian who voiced the opinion was saying something which I personally have believed for over fifty years... that is, since as long as I've been able to formulate philosophical thoughts.
However... seeing it here, something struck me wrong, and I've been in a bit of a state ever since. Perhaps I've been horribly wrong.
The position taken by the non Christian was this... that sin isn't really "sin", it's simply a misunderstanding... sin is what happens when we don't understand, or when we put ourselves in a certain position, and that sin doesn't really matter anyway, because God is perfect, and therefore he can't have created imperfection.
For years this has made perfect sense to me.
The problem I'm having now is this.
The non Christian said that when something happens, and it's considered sin, and we seek for justice, it is because the victim put themselves in a position where something happened.
How can this be the case when the victim, for example, is a child, and the aggressor has been stalking them on the way to school for weeks?
This one comment from the non Christian has really shook me, and made me feel quite sick, not because this ever happened to me, but because it did happen to people I cared about.
I know for a fact that if a little girl is raped, it's not her fault.
Please understand me, I'm not saying that I'm converted or anything... but what I am saying is that I'm really shocked that this is the attitude of at least one non Christian posting on this board. May I ask, what is the Christian perspective on this?
My mother was sexually abused in a religious context when she was a little girl, and she was always told it was because she was a sinner. For years I thought it was the church who said things like this, it came as a real shock to read it from someone who I thought had the same moral outlook as me. (The thread I'm referring to is locked, I don't know if I'm able to talk to the man who started it, in case I misunderstood him, but I wish you hadn't locked it, because I'd have liked to see how people addressed this comment of his.)