The sin discussion is continuing. Nathan has posted on sin and righteousness. It's well worth a read if you haven't read it already. I'll respond to it when I have time. I'll also respond to Stuart's long asked question of the biblical backing for my platonist positions when I can. Last night I started mapping them out. My easiest answer at this stage is that it's the vibe of the whole bible, it's Mabo etc.
In the meantime, here's a few thoughts on the current discussion.
1. I have heaps of sympathy for Nathan's position. Just getting on with the task of preaching the gospel and not dwelling overly on sin is, I think, the best way of living in this world. Sin will pollute all of our actions. We should repent as we can and press on doing the things that God says are good to do.
[I've spent a bit of time over the years reading puritan prayers (from the Valley of Vision book) but after I've prayed a few of them I usually step back and think that too much of that stuff is actually unhelpful. I know that I'm a miserable sinner. Finding a thousand different ways to express that to God and myself doesn't make me any more forgiven.]
2. My view which looks to the new creation as the place where desires will be met and demands patience in the meantime, probably needs a couple of clarifications.
a.) I came up with this idea in the context of my ongoing struggle with sin. What do we do with desires (like ambition etc) that won't go away? How do we, year in, year out, deal with our ever-present sins? Never fully getting the things that we (part sinfully, part rightly) crave?
b.) I see self denial and resisting temptation as a part of Christian suffering. It is part of our groaning (Romans 8) for the new creation.
c.) Our groaning is not futile. Like the pains of labor, they will deliver something.