Biblical Christianity



Posted on May 7, 2009 at 2:08 AM

Sin, what is sin? By definition Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature. Sin includes not only individual acts such as stealing, lying, or committing murder, but also attitudes that are contrary to the attitudes that God requires of us. We see this in the ten commandments, which not only prohibit sinful actions but also wrong attitudes. God specifies in the commandments that even a desire to steal, or to committ adultery is also sin in His sight. Apostle paul lists attitudes such as jealousy, anger, and selfishness (Galatians 5:20) as things that are works of the flesh opposed to the desires of the Spirit. Therefore a life that is pleasing to God is one that has moral purity not only in actions, but also in its desires of heart. The definition of sin given above specifies that sin is a failure to conform to God's moral law not only in action and attitude, but also in our moral nature. We must realize from experience that sin is harmful to our lives, that it brings pain and destructive consequences to us and to others affected by it. Sin is directly opposite to all that is good in the character of God. Sin is wrong in the deepest sense of the word. It is, in essence, the contradiction of the excellence of his moral character. It contradicts his holiness, and He must hate it. God thus will hold us accountable for our sins and will judge them accordingly. Some sins are indeed worse then others in that they have more harmful cosequences in our lives and in the lives of others, and in terms of our personal relationship to God as Father, they arouse His displeasure more and bring more serious disruption to our fellowship with him. In general, we may say that som sins have more harmful cosequences that others if they bring more dishonor to God or if they cause more harm to ourselves, to others, or to the church. Moreover, those sins that are done willfully, repeatedly and knowingly, with a calloused heart, are more displeasing to God than those that are done out of ignorance and are not repeated, or are done with a mixture of good and impure motives and ar followed by remorse and repentance. Thus the laws that God gave Moses in Leviticus make provisions for the cases where people sin ''unwittingly''(Lev. 4:2, 13, 22). Unintentional sin is still sin: " If any one sins, doing any of the things which he LORD has commanded not to be done, though he does not know it, yet he is guilty and shall bear his iniquity" (Lev. 5:17)

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