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The subject of sin is NOT at all popular today. Many view the idea of sin as archaic (outdated) and demeaning (degrading), and something that needs to be cast aside because of up-to-date modern thought. How utterly SAD! Those who are TRUE Christians however know that there are some things taught in God's Word that will NEVER be outdated, because God does NOT change (Mal.3:6). Sin is one such topic that is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago.
SIN IS LAWLESSNESS
When trying to define sin two or three simple passages in Scripture are very helpful in providing the information needed. In the following verses sin is described as lawlessness.
Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. (KJV)
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (KJV)
James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (KJV)
Everyone who practices (continues) sin also practices lawlessness; for sin is lawlessness.
God has given His commandments and laws to man to govern the way man lives. These laws are for the good of all and are meant to preserve the gift of life which God has given. When man obeys God's law there is liberty and freedom to enjoy the gift of life with others without fear of future problems.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that the laws of God are perfect and are given to bless man. When we break God's law we commit sin and are acting in a way that will be harmful to our own good and that of our neighbor.
SIN IS UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
Another verse found in the book of 1 John gives more helpful information regarding a definition of sin. Here sin is described as unrighteousness.
1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (KJV)
Righteousness is a word used to describe the state of being in agreement with God's laws and requirements. Consider the description of Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth found in the Gospel of Luke.
Luke 1:5-6 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. (KJV)
These two godly people were described as being righteous in the site of God because they observed His commandments and requirements. In many places in Scripture righteousness is contrasted with lawlessness. The obvious suggestion is that those who are living in consistent patterns of disobedience to God's laws are considered to be unrighteous and those acts which are contrary to God's law are considered to be unrighteous acts.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (KJV)
It becomes clear that unrighteousness is the same as lawlessness . . . for both describe the idea of sin. A very informative verse related to these concepts is found in the book of Hebrews. The writer of this book points out the Jesus God's Son was exalted to a position above all others because he hated lawlessness and loved righteousness. Again the contrast serves to define the nature of unrighteousness as lawlessness. Hebrews 1:8-9 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (KJV)
Perhaps the whole matter can be summed up in the words of James: James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (KJV)
REJECTING GOD'S PLANS AND PURPOSES IS STUPID
God has given His Laws to govern His Creation. God has created and designed this world with specific plans and purposes which should not to be neglected or rejected. God has given very specific instructions regarding the plans and purposes for our lives. God's Word teaches us that when anyone rejects His plans and purposes of God for their life, while pursuing their own plans are committing sin. Consider the following Passages:
Isaiah 29:15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? (KJV) . . . What horrible sorrow awaits those who try to hide their evil plans from the LORD. They think that the LORD can’t see them and does not know what thy are doing.
Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: (KJV) . . What sorrow awaits rebellious children. They make plans that oppose God. They make agreements not directed by God’s Spirit, which simply piles up their sins.
Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; (KJV) . . . Because people have a hard and stubborn heart, they make their punishment even worse on Judgment Day when God's anger and righteous judgments will be revealed.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (KJV) . . . Evil persons and frauds will keep going from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves and piling up their sins. BEWARE!!!
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