But there is still a higher attainment; it is not enough to be sinless, one must become " God."
(4) The enthusiastic view of the possibilities of the Christian life - associated, as modern and especially Western Christians must suspect, with shallow external views of sin - lent itself to belief in sinless perfection.
Even St Paul has been supposed, not without a certain plausibility, to teach the sinless perfection of real Christians.
On the occasion of famine the druids advised that the son of a sinless married couple should be brought to Ireland to be killed in front of Tara and his blood mixed with the soil of Tara.
Now this God-man, as sinless, is exempt from the punishment of sin; His passion is therefore voluntary, not given as due.