Sin in the sinner as ink in water

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Mr. Bultitude

Puritan Board Freshman
Miroslav Volf said in Giving and Forgiving:

But even if all of us are sinners from head to toe, none of us is a sinner through and through, with nothing good remaining in us. As sinners, we are still God's good creatures. To illustrate the relationship between being a good creature and being a sinner, Reformation theologians used the analogy of water and ink. Water is the good creation, ink is sin, and the sinner is a glass of water with a few drops of ink. All the water in the glass is tainted, but it's still mostly water, not ink.
I haven't been able to locate which "Reformation theologians" he was referring to. But that's not my question. My question is, is this a good analogy?

1. Is it a good analogy for unregenerate man?

2. Is it a good analogy for regenerate man?
 

MW

Puritanboard Amanuensis
Shake the water and see what happens to the ink. At that point you will have a good analogy, and it will disprove the idea that sinners are still God's "good" creatures.
 

Mr. Bultitude

Puritan Board Freshman
Shake the water and see what happens to the ink.
I think you're referring to the water becoming completely ink-tainted (the ink being spread all throughout the glass)? But that's what the quote is already assuming.
 

MW

Puritanboard Amanuensis
Shake the water and see what happens to the ink.
I think you're referring to the water becoming completely ink-tainted (the ink being spread all throughout the glass)? But that's what the quote is already assuming.
He is denying that an individual is a sinner "through and through." If his analogy intends to show that the ink goes "through and through," it is a bad analogy on his part, but a good analogy for showing what is actually the case.
 

Cymro

Puritan Board Junior
The analogy seems a bit diluted to me, but on the other hand try writing with
that composition! All similitudes fall short, but better to stick to the Book,"dead
In trespasses and sins."
 
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