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"If I speak with human eloquence and anglic ecstasy, but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love." -

(1 Corinthians 13: 1- 7)

What is sin, really?

 

Hello good people! 

A while back, I was talking to an old, high school friend of mine, who came from a very religious family. He no longer considered himself to be a Christian, and we got into a pretty good discussion about it. He made a comment to me that kind of stuck with me when he said "I don't want to think of myself as a sinner".  I know what he means, but that is still missing the point.

All of us would LOVE to think of ourselves as pure, and un-sinful.

However, the simple reality is that not one single, solitary, one of us actually IS un-sinful.... especially when you read your Bible and see what sin is from a Godly perspective.

 

Most people think of sin as something "really" bad, such as murder, or stealing.... and those are definitely sins....but it goes a lot deeper than that.

Ask yourself the following questions....

  1. Have you ever, in your life, told a lie? It doesn't matter how big the lie was. Even a "little white lie". Have you ever, in your life, told any lie at all?  ----  Of course, you have. Who hasn't? And if you have lied, then that makes you a liar. (aren't we all, when you really get down to it).
  2. Have you ever stolen anything? Even something small like a pencil from someone at school that you "forgot" to give back, and then just decided to keep....or maybe a pen from your job, or from someone you know. How about a tool from a neighbor or a CD from a friend that you asked to borrow....and then just never gave back. Have you ever done any of those things or anything similar? --- Sure you have. Everyone has at some point in their life (even if it was an "accident").  And if you have stolen, then that makes you a thief. (again, aren't we all, when you really get down to it). 
  3. Here is one that I was actually shocked about when I read it. For all of you married people, have you ever LOOKED at someone, other than your spouse, with lust in your eyes? Be honest.   If you look in the Bible, in the book of "Matthew", chapter 5, verse 28, Jesus specifically states "But I say to you that whoever LOOKS at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart". ---- Think about that! You don't actually even have to have physical contact with someone, other than your spouse, in order to commit adultery in the eyes of God. You don't even need to SPEAK to them, or anything. Just LOOK at them with lust. There is not one married person on the face of this planet that has not done that at some point. Maybe you justify it by thinking "Well, it's not like I actually DID anything"....and technically, you are right.....but in God's eyes, you did.  And that means it makes you an adulterer. (Again, aren't we all, when you....well, you get the point). 
  4. It is also a sin to break any of the 10 commandments....and many people that I know, can't even tell you what all 10 commandments are. I keep a plaque on my desk that lists them, just so I don't forget them. (I'll include a list of all 10 below, just for the reference of anyone who needs it). In Matthew 22: 35-40, a lawyer asked Jesus to tell him which is the greatest commandment. Jesus responds with "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.".  (He also states this in Mark 12: 28-34, as well as in Luke 10: 27). So... Can you say you have loved God with all your mind, heart, and soul? Can you say that you have loved your neighbors just as you have loved yourself? Here's the REALLY fun one for most people...Jesus tells us to love EVERYONE....including our ENEMIES!.... That is a VERY hard one for most people to accept.

So, by that way of looking at things, every single person on the planet is a liar, a thief, and an adulterer, and you don't love those around you as God has commanded you to.... so, maybe you aren't as pure and holy as you thought you were.

I don't say that to single anyone out, or pick on anyone. That's not the point at all. The point is that we ALL have done these things, so we ALL fall under those sins.

What strikes me as funny about that, is the fact that if you REALLY stop and put it into perspective...it kind of gets rid of any sort of racism, sexism, or any other form of bigotry (any other "ism"). How can you look down at someone when you realize that they are no more of a sinner than you are? Maybe that is just my way of thinking about it.

None of us are righteous enough to deserve to go to heaven. Not one.

That is what makes Jesus's sacrifice so important. Without it, we would ALL be doomed to hell, and an eternity without God's presence.

If you are reading this, and you do not believe in God, I would ask you one thing...  does it bother you that others, like me, believe this? What do you believe happens to you after you die? Do you think it is just *BANG!* and that's it....nothing...?. If so, I ask you to think about one thing... If both of us walked outside today and were hit by a bus or something, and killed..... which of us is in the worst position?  If you are right, and there is nothing after death, then I'm no worse off than I would have been if I DIDN'T believe in God..... but if I'm right, then you are not going to be happy, as you will have a lot of explaining to do, and all of eternity to think about how wrong you were. 

I hope you will really think about it long before it gets to that point. 

And for everyone, If you have not accepted Jesus into your life, and accepted his sacrifice for your sake, I pray that you will do so, urgently. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, and in the end, billions, upon billions, upon billions of people will stand before the throne of God and wish they had not put it off. I pray that you will not be one of those people.

May God bless you all.

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