All right, my thoughts turn from “sin,” however defined, to “cleansing” and “purification.” The questions that arise now are these:

  • What, precisely, is being removed, dissipated or banished? (And is “precisely” even a useful word in this context? :))
  • When the cleansing takes place, how is your life changed?
  • What is being restored?
  • And what, if anything, does all this have to do with repentance?

Maybe it’s time for some visual aids. We can at least get a grip on the first two questions:

More later, perhaps.

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