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Sin & our Past

With apologies to my friends who are More Educated on Automotive Computer Systems than me–this is not a perfect analogy, so don’t miss the point.

My brother-in-law says he knew a German mechanic who talked about Mercedes engine problems this way: “Zay all do zis…”

I think that mechanic’s words can be used for this issue in all of us…”zay all do zis…”


Transition often seems to make previous problems and the consequences of our own sin disappear.

But, I often liken it to the effect of computer controlled-engine systems. As one device on your engine begins to age and lose calibration/function, etc., the system compensates by making adjustments–adjustments which were impossible or expensive when previously performed manually by mechanics.

But, in some cases (in the old days) the mechanic actually knew what part was faulty. But now with computer adjustment, for a time, your engine continues to run, and run decently. But eventually, too much adjustment is required and the part can no longer function.

Maybe or maybe not, the computer can pinpoint the faulty component. What often seems the case is that other parts have worn or failed in the work of compensating for the original faulty part, and they all show fault signals to the computer. So the mechanic begins replacing the part(s) he thinks are the problem, until he finds the one that “fixes” it. So often it seems he doesn’t fix it, and something crops up later.

So, not just one problem occurs, but there is a cascading effect, and gradually the engine becomes riddled with faults. But, in the meantime there has been more compensatory work done by the computer system, more issues are essentially hidden, and although the engine kinda-sorta works, it is not functioning anywhere near the creator’s initial specifications.

Moving on after great sin or other failures (even if others sinned against you in their response)  is not the answer, although it often feels right. And more sin will likely crop up as a result of not dealing with the initial problem.

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