Monday, August 23, 2010

How Bad Is Sin? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview

Becoming fully convinced that all men are guilty before God is an important step to understanding the devastation sin has caused in this world. Sin is universal, and thus all men seek to rid themselves of the guilt which sin brings.

Throughout history, there have been many different ways in which men have sought to destroy guilt. They seek to destroy it through religion, ecstasy, self-torture, sacrifice, ignorance, and more. But they refuse to turn to God because they hate Him. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1:21).

And so the question must be asked: How bad is sin? But can such a question even be fully answered with human language? Can any man fully describe God's infinite hatred of sin?

In order for the wickedness of sin to be known, at the very least, the basic concept and definition of sin must be known. Simply put: sin is the breaking of God’s law. It is any thought or action which fails to give glory to God.

The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). To fail to follow the greatest command is sin. Sin is anything which is done without an all encompassing love for God. Sin is of such wickedness that it condemns men to physical death... a death which in all of history only two men, Enoch and Elijah, have ever escaped (and that only by the grace of God).

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