Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How Bad Is Sin? (Part 2) - The Christian Worldview


Some men deceive themselves into believing that at the judgment their good deeds will outweigh their bad deeds. But such beliefs are contrary to the word of God. Anyone who would make such a statement clearly does not understand the wickedness of sin. Whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles at one point, has become a transgressor of the law (James 2:10). And not only a transgressor of the law, but ultimately a transgressor against God Himself.

How bad is sin? Sin is so wicked that even what seems to be the smallest of crimes is still infinitely more terrifying than anyone could imagine. Man sinned just once in the garden (by eating a piece of fruit) and God cursed the entire universe. That very first sin was seen by God as an outright act of rebellion and affects all of creation to this day:
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Romans 8:19-21).
Sin is so evil that it drives a man to murder another man. It allows him to justify thievery for his own good. It causes him to seek for lasting satisfaction apart from God (who is the only source of true satisfaction). Sin is so terrible that God, who is perfectly just, would be right in condemning all men not only to spiritual and physical death, but also to the second death, a punishment which is everlasting (Revelation 20:14-15).

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