What is sin? An apparently simple question brings a wide array of responses. Everything from smoking to cussing to committing murder would immediately come up. Things such as lying, stealing and committing fraud would certainly be mentioned. Certainly all these things represent behavior NOT in alignment with the Word of God, and thus be sins. But, the more important issue is that of understanding the simple, yet profound, concept of sin.
In its least common denominator, sin is the manifestation of either a lack of faith or a lack of love. Not believing what God says is of course sin, for it is impossible to please God without faith in Him and His Word. When we allow fear or arrogance to disrupt our ability to trust in God, we are guilty of sinning.
The two great commandments are basically made up of love for God, your neighbor and yourself. When we allow things to come up in our lives which are more important than God or are destructive to our neighbor or ourselves, we are guilty of sin.
Rather than trying to document everything that is a sin (the law) and trying to fulfill it perfectly, it is far better to concentrate on believing God's Word and loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. Rather than imposing a set of regulations upon our thinking and actions (the law), it is far better that we seek to devote ourselves more and more each day to loving God and each other.
Some of the most legalistic people I have ever met were some of the biggest sinners. In their vain attempt to be perfect, they manifested no love but were in fact incredibly intolerant toward the weaknesses of others. The Pharisees were very righteous people but they were, in the words of Paul, chief sinners.
When attacking sin in our lives, we should not so much look at the individual things we do wrong but rather why we fail to manifest faith in the Word of God or fail to fully devote ourselves to Him and to manifesting His love to each other. God does not look on the outward part of us but rather upon our hearts. That is why we must strive to have within us undiluted and pure faith along with abounding love that ties up and keeps in check our selfish and vain desires.
Jesus Christ paid for our sins 2000 years ago at Calvary. His blood has washed us and made us righteous in God's sight. The most destructive thing we could do in light of this would be to again impose and enforce the Law He gave His life to make of none effect. Get saved, renew our minds to the Word of God , love God with every fiber of our being and love each other fervently. These are the things God desires of us and in turn put to rest the sin problem.
I grew up in a rather legalistic denomination. I am glad they eventually recognized this and as the years passed, publicly admitted to and faced the issue head-on. I know all about lists of rules and I know that rules are not what save and keep you!
It was a very long time ago but I will never forget what happened one day as I was reading Matthew 22. I read, really read, what Jesus was saying. When we become a new creation in Christ and truly love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength everything else will fall into place. When we [quote]get saved, renew our minds to the Word of God , love God with every fiber of our being and love each other fervently[/quote] we find ourselves not walking after the flesh but after the Spirit.
Sin means anything which is contrary to love...if your love God, then you have to obey his Commandments written out of love for men, for their well being..some commandments we may not understand, but God knows it is good for us...so obey them, and show to him..when you love somebody you try to do things as he says...so Sin is anything which against love and against God's wish or his commandments..suppose God says you take rest and worship on the seventh day of the week...then do it..suppose you don't do it, then is disobedience and sin..our first father and mother were told not to eat from a particular tree, which looked similar to other trees..but they should have obeyed God, out of love for him...here God was like a parent to them and loving...So now we can understand what is sin and what the sin has done to this world and men...both world and men are degenerating from sin...God bless you all..get of sin and run away from sinful situations,...keep your minds pure..think of God things...
To blessings to you:
Amen. This was so beautifully stated.
It brings to mind a Bible verse. Jesus said: "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luk 9:62).
I see that as once we have received the New Covenant of Grace, we can't go back and walk under the legalism that is the Old Covenant of the Law. This doesn't mean we ignore the law, for Jesus said He came to fulfill the law and that not one "dot or tittle" of it would be changed. That said, we simply can't get bogged down in its rituals, especially not in the legalistic quandaries of the false doctrine found in the Talmud (which isn't part of the law in the first place). Jesus searches the heart. He doesn't judge us on how we worship or what rituals we follow. As He said and I'm paraphrasing: If we obey the first two commandments, everything else will fall into place. Don't you just love that. Jesus makes it so simple! God bless.
I listed all the texts once that defined scripturally what God says sin is. 'Whatsoever is not of faith is sin', probably the most condemning.
Jesus Christ saves, redeems us from the curse of sin and rebellion. Of course, not to stay in that state, but to find new life in Jesus Christ, by trusting and abiding in Him. We love and serve Him now, what He did compels us to, if we truly know Him, and found freedom and forgiveness in Him, were 'born again'. He bled for us. Died, gave all He could give. That is also why we submit and obey Him. Free. But count the cost. God Bless brother.
Another great message, b2y! We certainly do well to love our Lord and our neighbors ever more. This brings more blessings to a greater number of people. Praise God for the blessings of His grace through faith!
God bless His message of love...