Missing the Point of Sin

Sin is viewed morally.

We think sin is bad stuff we do. We measure how much sin is in our life or in other’s lives by what they do. They get drunk. They swear. They look at porn. Etc.

We then look at ourselves and somehow manage to miss most of our sin but yeah, we’ll throw in a “I gossip sometimes” or “yeah, I do covet new stuff.” Since gossip and coveting are minor in comparison to murder and homosexuality, we chalk ourselves up as being “pretty good.”

When we think of conversion we think about drunkards giving up drinking, smokers not smoking, thieves not stealing, homosexuals not homosexualitizing.

We imagine that the Gospel is all about people coming to not sin.

Now, I think getting over sin is a huge result of the Gospel, one probably not talked about enough in the modern “do whatever you want, it’s all grace, baby” American church. The Gospel does indeed give us power over sin, not just forgiveness of past sin.

But our fixation on the physical, moral proofs of sin dooms us.

The real point of the Gospel is to transform the heart. Sin isn’t just stuff you do–sin is a state of being. Sin is not loving the Lord your God with all your, heart, soul, mind and body.

To those who think they are in perfect sinlessness, do you really claim to be loving the Lord with ALL your mind, soul and body? Really?

“All” is a huge word.

“Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” The Gospel transforms us, not by working on the exterior, by taking away an urge to puff a few Marlboro’s. No, the Gospel has bigger work to do–it wants your heart.

When the heart is changed, when you begin to see the Love of God through Jesus Christ and the beauties of the Gospel, the heart changes and loving the Lord your God becomes a big issue.

As this big issue develops, sin will fade away. We too quickly emphasize physical proofs, distracting from the main point. It’s the heart. That’s what it’s about. What is on the inside is demonstrated by what is going on with the outside.

But you start on the inside. Love the Lord your God.

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3 Responses to Missing the Point of Sin

  1. C.J. Williams says:

    I have a question for you about sin as this has always bothered me. If god really created the world, universe and everything and is omnipotent and omniscient, then he knew before he created any of it that Adam and Eve would do whatever they did to piss him off. Yet, he still created the world this way. He could have done it another way where the original humans don’t piss him off. He could have also created Satan in another way. I mean, if he is omniscient, he knew before he created Satan all the trouble he would cause, right?

    When it all boils down, he knew Satan would cause millions to endure torment eternally, yet he created Satan.
    He knew Adam and Eve would do whatever it was they did and cause billions and billions of humans to endure eternal torture.
    How can anyone call this a loving god? If, indeed, he is omniscient and omnipotent, then he is evil. If you can see it any other way, please, let me know. But please, don’t use bible verses, just logic.

  2. jeff says:

    There are several angles to approach this:

    1) You are viewing this from a human angle, which you would cuz I assume you are human. Since we are human we do not know everything God does. You contend that God is omniscient, that He knows all. I believe the same. Therefore, there must be things God knows that I do not know. Therefore, my basic answer to you on this question is “I have no idea. Ask Him.”

    2) Our human angle on things cancels out viewing this from God’s angle. God created people with free will, the ability to willfully choose what to do. God knew it wasn’t going to work, yet He apparently saw this as better than mindless, will-less creatures who couldn’t love Him, they could only do what He forced them to do.

    3) You come from the assumption of knowing good and evil. This is an illogical place to begin to accuse God of not being good, since it assumes good and evil and assumes you know what good and evil are. The only way you can have a problem with evil is if you know evil and good are different, which you wouldn’t know if there was no evil. Perhaps God allowed free will to do evil as a way to make love and good possible. If there is no ability to do evil, then there is no ability to do good because those words would be meaningless. The only reason you can accuse God of being evil and I can believe He is good is because He allowed good and evil to exist.

    4) One of the central themes of the Gospel, that Christ–God in the flesh–died for our sins, is that God allowed sin and suffering into His creation, but He didn’t just make us partake in it, He partook in the suffering of sin as well. One of the most misunderstood aspects of our all-consuming human pride is how much sin causes God pain as well. Any parent with a kid who does stupid stuff understands this to a degree. But again, apparently God thought this was better than creating creatures that can only do what He says. The fact that God devised a plan that caused Him pain is one of the reasons I know God is loving. If He had caused a plan that only brought Him pleasure, I imagine you’d accuse Him of being proud and arrogant and only in it for Himself and His narcissistic pleasure.

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