Satisfaction - Does that word really mean that?

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 13th Aug 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A review of a surprising definition of a common word

"I can't get no satisfaction!"

The phrase above is instantly recognizable as the title of a popular song done by the Rolling Stones in the mid 1960's. The song speaks of frustrations due to situations that are felt to be aggravating. This may be the way we feel when things aren't going our way, or that nothing seems to be going right or as we planned.
Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary gives several definitions for the word satisfaction. One is, "fulfillment of a need or want". Another definition is, "the quality or state of being satisfied'.

A theological perspective?

One definition which may have originated from theological thinking is "the payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sin". But where is there any implication that penance will suffice to atone for a sin committed? This may be expressed in a church doctrine, but is it Biblically based? Does "temporal punishment" mean to meet or fulfill the punishment decreed by society or man's law? Would this be enough to satisfy divine expectations? Or is this definition somewhat lacking? Could it be improved upon?

A better definition, which needs clarification.

Thankfully, and perhaps happily, a better definition that addresses this from a theological and Biblical perspective follows the one just mentioned. It says, "reparation for sin that meets the demands of divine justice". Perfect - except it needs clarification. What might this description fit? Only the atoning death on the cross of Jesus Christ for the sin of mankind. Romans 5:10 says, "...if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life." Satisfaction - Jesus paying the price for the sin of mankind to save from the penalty of sin and from the wrath of God. Thank God for His incredible love and thank Jesus for His willingness to go to the cross to bring about that reconciliation!!

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I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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