Can We Live A Sinless Life? What Does The Bible Teach?
For The Non-Believer
For the person who doesn't believe in God, this hub subject should be thought of as morals, standards, and ethics. How you treat yourself, and others, including the deeds you do, and your inward thinking.
It is the non-believer who asks why the world is the way it is
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Reading Scripture For The Answer
1 John 3 defines sin as the transgression of the law, so if we want to be free of sin we must obey the ten laws God handed Moses. They're instructions on how to treat every living person, and thing, with the true love of God
When I speak of the true love of God, I am speaking of the pure godly love we have for others. In Greek, it is known as agape, which means brotherly love accompanied by charity.
My mother was Greek, and my dad is an American descended from the Irish, therefore I am half Greek, and agape was always one of my favorite ancient, and Hellenic words.
** Is Sin Okay? **
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Searching The Scriptures
1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us to "prove all things" and hold fast to what is right.
We should not accept what is not supported by the Bible. Yet many churches, and the members do
No wonder that the Bereans in Acts 17:11 were praised as noble worshipers when they "received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." These enlightened truth-seekers knew that that they had to confirm by Scripture whatever was taught them, or else their worship would be meaningless.
The Ten Commandments- Keeping God’s laws
I hear from some people that they feel the 10 commandments are either hard, or impossible to keep. Then there are others who say God’s laws were either abolished, and no longer valid, or fulfilled by Jesus therefore no longer needed. Some even believe that if you live by the ten commandments you can’t be saved. The latter belief is very unusual to me.
The commandments in Deuteronomy six (6) tells us first to love God, and then Leviticus instructs us to love our neighbor as ourselves. These two commandments are the most important so that we can do all the remaining commandments. Because of the order of each commandment it’s telling us that If we love God, and others, the ten (10) commandments are easy to keep
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:18)
Loving God is the Greatest Commandment, and loving your neighbor is the second greatest of the commandments.
Jesus on the Greatest Commandment
This is because love causes a person to do what’s right
In Matthew Jesus was questioned about which of the ten commandments was the greatest, “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
He wasn’t saying the laws were abolished.
Jesus was saying that if we love God first, we can’t help but see God in others, and therefore love them. If we truly love others, we can't steal from them, kill them etc.
In other words: If we love God, and others, the Ten (10) Commandments are easy to keep
If someone can’t keep the commandments, or if someone finds them hard to do, they need to look within to see if they have love
Jesus came to show us how to live a perfect life & requires it from us
“The 10 laws are natural laws, and you can't escape them. Whether you believe in God or not, you are either doing them, or breaking them every day and there's no getting around them, or that FACT”
How can we keep God's Commandments
By loving God and others we won't hurt them or ourselves in any way The 10 are about how we treat others
Jesus fulfilled the prophecies about himself, and they were finished, but a law like the ten commandments can’t be finished, because you have to do them, or you break them each, and everyday. Laws such as the commandments are natural laws, and teach us how to treat others. If we love God, and see the beautiful souls in others, we love them, and if we love them, we will treat them well
“The 10 commandments promote the survival of the human species, and their happiness. If you can't stop killing, stealing, slandering, lusting, and hating, that's only your fault, because you have a choice”
We Have The Secret To Living A Sin Free Life
Jesus revealed this fact in Matthew 22
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40)
This is the secret to keeping the ten commandments, and the secret is through love
Jesus wasn’t saying love was the only commandment, but love is how we can keep the ten commandments, the only way.
When we love God, we see that we are a part of him, and love our own soul. Loving ourselves is very important since we are told to love our neighbor as ourselves. I’m not talking about selfishness, but love of ourselves. If we don’t like ourselves, there’s no way we can love others. When we see someone harming another, we can know that person doesn’t love either God or themselves.
The Letter and Spirit of God’s Laws
The New Testament tells us that just because the laws were given to Moses by God, and they were all written down so that everyone could know what the laws were, it didn’t help us to know how to keep them.
God realized this, and sent Jesus to teach us how. Although he told us not to break God’s laws, a lot of people today feel they can’t be sin free.
If no one is able to be sin free then Jesus' life and death was in vain because he came to show us how to live a sin free life, and the way to do that is through love.
Real love for God, ourselves, and others takes away our desire to hurt, and harm others, which is what the ten commandments tells us
“We show God we love him by keeping his commandments. The bible says “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous-His commandments ARE NOT grievous”
Confusion About God's Law
Some people are confused about what the laws are, and think stoning people is one, and some think I am speaking of the 613 laws given to the Jewish people, but I’m not, neither is the New Testament. We are speaking only of the ten plus those given in Acts
“That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well” (Acts 15:29)
When we keep God’s ten commandments we do so by love, and with love we CAN live a sinless life since sin is the transgression of the law.
If we love God first, we can’t help but see God in others, and therefore love them. If we truly love others, we can't steal from them, kill them etc The 10 Commandments are easy to keep
“Remember that even though your sins may be forgiven, there is another natural law that says “you will reap what you sow”, so even if love doesn’t drive you to keep God’s law, karma may, so wouldn’t it be easier just to keep the ten commandments rather than going through karma?”
Sin is a choice Not Something That's Thrust Upon Us
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Yes, if we chose to, we can live sin free, through love
“Though many may think so, getting forgiveness, and having Jesus in your life does not mean it is okay to sin-to transgress God's law”
“God knows the difference in war, and murder. unintentional and deliberate sin”
People Who Were Sinless
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”
According to the New Testament we need to be like Christ
He told them "Healthy people don't need a doctor, sick people do, I didn't come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance"
They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Mark 2:17)
The verse above clearly shows there were sinless people in Jesus' day, and there are today too
In the Old Testament they were called Righteous
This is not to say they had never sinned, but a time came when their love for God, and or people, caused them to stop sinning, and they continued that way.
There are many today that sinned in their youth, but grew up physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and the sin stopped.
Some, although young, have given up their lives of sin
If you are still sinning, you need to ask God to strengthened your love for his people, then work to love them with Agape love. Love is action
The ten are all that are required, and they are easy
"The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his PRECEPTS are trustworthy; they are ESTABLISHED FOREVER AND EVER, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. – Psalm 11:7-8
FOREVER, O Lord, YOUR WORD is firmly FIXED in the heavens – Psalm 119:89"
Our will must bend to the will of God, which means accepting all of his word. Regardless if you believe in the dispensation the word remains the same unless it says otherwise.
i.e. When God changed his mind about killing the Hebrews because they worshiped the molten calf, the Word tells us he changed his mind, and although it says repented in the KJV that has the same meaning…
"So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people," (Exodus 32:14, NASB).
“And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” (Exodus 32:14, KJV)
Do you believe in capitol punishment? No?
Do you think a murderer should be killed? No?
The word says an eye for an eye, and nowhere does it say that changed
The 10 Commandments Short List From Exodus 20
- You shall Love God, and have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
- Honor your father and your mother
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
- You shall not covet
If you break one commandment, you're not perfect in love for God, and others
But whoso keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. (1 John 2:5)
The bible didn't tell us we had to like everyone. Many have people they love, but don't like, such as a family member, like children, or parents, a brother, or sister. Don't confuse not liking someone with not loving them.
We find the same thing with people not related to us. When the chips are down people help others, and even root for them. Americans have united as one when we are troubled, and I'm sure people in other countries do the same thing
Don't judge yourself in love, just try not to hate
You Can Live a Sin-Free Life
© 2015 Mara Alexander