It strikes me that the main problem in Christian churches today, where they have gone astray, is that they have failed to both understand and proclaim what the real crisis is.
So, what is the real crisis in the Scriptures? It is not so much that man is “lonely” or just that his relationship with God is “broken”. It is far deeper than that.
The crisis in the Scriptures, from almost the first page, is that God hates sin. Without this in place any remedy that we offer is as useless as a doctor who has misdiagnosed cancer as a “passing tummy bug – it will all feel better in a few days”.
The Church has always known this. Perhaps nowhere is the great tension of sin and judgement seen more clearly than in the medieval and later Requiem masses. For all the erroneous additions, at the core of the Sequentia Dies Irae lies a clear theology of the dilemma that a returning Holy God brings to the people of the World.
Verdi captured it perfectly…