Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Why Is Sin Unavoidable? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview

Some would give the answer that sin is avoidable. That it is possible for a man to be perfect from the moment of birth to the moment of death. But as discussed in more detail in previous posts, Scripture is clear that such a situation never occurs. Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

Sin has been present in every human society throughout all of history. It affects every person, regardless of time period, color, nationality, or religion. Therefore, a simple conclusion can be made: Sin is universal and unavoidable because men see sin as sweet, enjoyable, and worthy of delight.

Scripture often speaks of the desire of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). The apostle Paul also discusses this subject throughout the book of Romans. In Romans 7:14-25, Paul writes extensively of the ongoing struggle between his desire to do good and the desire of the flesh (Romans 7:14).

I highly recommend reading all of Romans 7:14-25 (and reading the whole book of Romans for that matter). However, here is short expert from Romans 7 which sums up Paul’s struggle:
For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? (Romans 7:22-24).
The apostle Paul wrote this after he was converted (reading the whole passage in context will make this statement more clear). If this was the state of the apostle Paul as a believer, then what must be the state of the unconverted man?

Related Posts:
Why Is Sin Unavoidable? (Part 2) - The Christian Worldview
All Men Are Guilty - The Christian Worldview
Quote of the Day #6 - Paul Washer
The Fall: Humanity Cursed - The Christian Worldview
How Bad Is Sin? (Part 4) - The Christian Worldview

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 08, 2012

    There can be many arguments and what ifs that uphold the view that sin is unavoidable. Now let's look to the word to see if we are taught that we can avoid it and how we can avoid sin.

    Ephesians 6:11-17
    "11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
    15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
    16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
    17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"