Sin

All sin is a withdrawal of love from God, in order to love something else. TM, No Man

All sin is simply a perversion of that love which is the deepest necessity of man’s being: a misdirection of love, a gravitation toward something that does not exist, a bond with unreality. TM, Disputed

All sin starts from the assumption that my false self, the self that exists only in my own egocentric desires, is the fundamental reality of life to which everything else in the universe is ordered. TM, New Seeds

I use up my life in the desire for pleasures and the thirst for experiences, for power, honor, knowledge and love, to clothe this false self and construct its nothingness into something objectively real.  TM, New Seeds

Sin as such is essentially boring because it is the lack of something that could appeal to our wills and our minds.  TM, New Seeds

What attracts men to evil acts is not the evil in them but the good that is there, seen under a false aspect and with a distorted perspective.  TM, New Seeds

Even the sinner, who seeks happiness where it cannot be found, is following a blind, errant desire for God which is not  aware of itself.  TM, New Seeds

there is ultimately no happiness in any act of sin.  TM, New Seeds

Sin is…a refusal to be what we are, a rejection of our mysterious, contingent, spiritual reality hidden in the very mystery of God.  Sin is our refusal to be what we were created to be – sons of God, images of God.  Ultimately sin, while seeming to be an assertion of freedom, is a flight from freedom and the responsibility of divine sonship.  TM, Life

the doctrine of original sin, properly understood, is optimistic.  It does not teach that man is by nature evil, but that evil in him is unnatural, a disorder, a sin. TM, Conjectures

If evil, lying, and hatred were natural to man, all men would be perfectly at home, perfectly happy in evil.  TM, Conjectures