Following the terrible Mexico City earthquake of 1985, live satellite coverage carried the news of Mexico’s anguish to a watching world.

A pastor was sitting in front of his television set stunned by the extent of the damage. Mountains of broken concrete filled the screen. Rescue workers dug frantically. Fires raged. Smoke and dust filled the air. Then suddenly in the lower left-hand corner of the screen appeared the words “Courtesy: SIN.” The letters S-I-N actually stood for Spanish International Network. Actually, however, SIN (man’s transgressions against God) [is] at the root of all sorrow, suffering and death.

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