Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.7K

Summary of text [comment] pages 47, 48 and 49

If God is not harmed, then who is harmed?

Schoonenberg noted: Ultimately it is sinful man himself that is harmed by sin. (This is explicit in Jer. 7:18 and Job 35:5-8.)

Schoonenberg continued: We are standing here before the mystery of God himself, of his transcendence and immanence. There is no possibility of solving this question like a math problem. But, we may try to appreciate the mystery.


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 1.7J

Summary of text [comment] pages 47, 48 and 49

Does sin affect God?

The Scriptures say yes. God emotionally reacts to provocation and disdain. God may be rash, slow to anger, and regret prior stances. Yahweh exhibits anger, pity, jealousy and commitment.

But does that mean that sin affects God?

From the Greek point of view [a linear development of ideas honing the possibility of recognition], God’s majesty and transcendence implies that He endures no injury and no harm.