One thing I could never understand is the idea of ?willful sin.? Isn?t any sin willful by definition?
For example, fornication: a guy couldn?t very well say that his pants just happened to accidentally fell down to his ankles (faulty dome and zipper), and a woman, who just happened to be in the same room in close proximity, just happened to have the same mechanical problems with her pants (same faulty dome and zipper?both shop at Wal-Mart, I guess), and the guy just happened to slip on a banana peel, and he just happened to slip and fall forward onto the woman, knocking her backwards, tripping her over a foot cushion that just happened to be placed behind her, and he just happened to be suffering from an erection right at that time (from having just accidentally taken a Viagra pill which was mistaken for vitamin C), and, wouldn?t you know, as he fell forward against her, their bodies were perfectly aligned so that his erection just happened to penetrate somewhere where it ought not to have as his fall took him and her toward the floor, and the sudden shock of the whole slip-and-fall incident (G*ddam banana peels?why did God create them?) just happened to cause him to have a sudden and acute muscle spasm in his Cowper?s glands and seminal vesicles, thereby causing an untimely ?release? . . . no, a guy couldn?t very well give that excuse, could he?
The sudden and accidental lowering of the pants, slip-and-fall on the banana peel, falling toward a woman who is facing him perfectly aligned, her tripping backwards, etc., etc. . . . No sir! I don?t think so. That would be no accident, for sure. (That?s almost as ?convenient? as the primordial protein-rich soup and lightning bolt scenario in Darwin?s evolution theory.) Yep, in the above theoretical example, that would be judged a willful sin (not to mention a sh^tty excuse, similar to one of Duckman?s nonsensical tirades?you know, that semi-adult cartoon Duckman, with the voice of Jason Alexander, who played George Kastanza on Seinfeld).
So, if fornication is a willful sin?i.e., not a mechanical ?mistake??and any of the other ?sins? like gluttony, smoking, drunkenness, idolatry, etc. are also willful sins (again, not ?mechanical mistakes? like dropping a baby or backing a car into your friend?s house), then what the hell is a sin that is not willful?
In other words, is there any such thing as a non-willful sin? Would that be an oxymoron? (I didn?t mean to slip on that banana peel!) Assuming that our own brain neurons are attached to and control our muscles, then how could we do anything that we have not willed? Is that even logically possible?
(Sorry for being in such a hyperbolic, Monty Python mood. I didn?t mean to be.