I read recently that the price of realizing our own great potential is seeing ourselves as we actually are. This idea is at the heart of Christianity, as well as other spiritual traditions. It helps us understand the concept of sin. It also helps me understand Augustine and his references to sin. At first I thought he was talking about being bad and needing to be punished. Reading him again, I understand that he is really echoing the realization that I am not all I could be. He went from a judge to a teacher.

Augustine’s solution is faith in God, but not in the way many interpret him, especially his church. I think he means that God’s influence on our lives allows us to confront our fallibility. We need his presence and influence. We can’t just transform ourselves, but we can allow ourselves to be transformed by God.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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