“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
If you’ve ever wondered about the crippling effects of guilt, just read Crime and Punishment. Empowered with feelings of elitism and superiority, Raskolnikov commits murder and truly believes he will escape not only punishment from society, but the psychological ramifications of his crime. What follows is an intense exploration of a mind tormented with guilt, fear, and doubts; self-imposed isolation from others; and the delirium that drives him to confess.
While many see the protagonist as a Christ-like figure, I’ll skip those comparisons in favor of something simpler: our need for the forgiveness and complete removal of our sins. God, in His omniscience and compassion, accounted for both. He knew that forgiveness of sins wasn’t enough because, although payment was made for their penalty, a solution for the power of sin and guilt needed to be provided. Continue reading