Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AP

[Sin comes in many discourses.

“The object that brings us all into relation” shares the features of all triadic relations. It is like a covenant. It is like a promise. It is like an oath. It is like a gift. It is like a vision of eternity in the ever present now.

God freely gives each person his own existence and expects only one item in return: The person recognizes the covenant, the promise, the oath, and the gift of ‘his’ moment, here and now, in the Presence of the Father and the Son.

In mortal sin, the sinner loses this sense of recognition. ‘He’ breaks the covenant. ‘He’ loses the promise of sanctifying grace of God. ‘His’ oath is mere wind. ‘He’ no longer is in the moment.

This leads to an odd conclusion:

The sinner is not in the present.]