Monday, October 17, 2016

Start Your Week in the Word: Why do Christians say "sin?"

My first inclination this week was to write about "saved." But the first question I've heard people ask about "saved" is "saved from what?"

So instead, let's go back to the beginning.

"And He said 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?'" 
- Genesis 3:10 
"...sin is crouching at your door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it." 
- Gensis 4:7
I've heard sin described as anything that separates us from God. Until the first sin, and the Bible doesn't say how long that was, but clearly it was not even past the first generation of humans. Until Adam and Eve disobeyed the one (ONE!) commandment God had given them ... He walked with them in the garden. They were naked and not ashamed. They were truly innocent.

After this first act of disobedience ... they were driven from the garden. They could no longer eat from the tree of the fruit of life. Which means they would die.



Some Christians would give you a list of "do" and "do nots." I'm not going to do that. Until you are willing to recognize that we are all born separated from God:

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 
- Romans 3:23

there really isn't much point in my telling you how to obey the Lord. If you ask me to tell you if something is sin or not, I'm not going to lie. Even if it means I get called hateful. Look what that did for Phil Robertson and Dan Cathy.

Sin isn't something I get to define. It isn't something the government gets to define. I used to try to invent ways to make whatever I wanted to do "not sin." I would reason with myself "God made me, and I am this way, so how could it be a sin if God made me and I want to do this?"

Sin is disobedience to God. We are born with sinful hearts.
"Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,And in sin my mother conceived me." 
- Psalm 51:5
And He says that we can't obey Him perfectly.

Why would He make rules we can't possibly follow? When I was studying to become a teacher we talked about helping kids be successful. Making a huge list of rules that were hard to follow wasn't a way to do that. It wasn't even conducive to a well behaved, productive classroom.

So why would God do that?

"through the Law comes the knowledge of sin." 
- Romans 3:20

What kind of strange religion is this, Amanda? You can't better yourself? I don't want any part of that. Well, then next week I'll tell you why we say "saved."

"just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned - for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law." 
- Romans 5:12-13
You can't better yourself. Because there's something better.

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