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Can We Live A Sinless Life? What Does The Bible Teach?

Updated on June 10, 2015

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

How To Make The World Better

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? **

Hebrews 10:26

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 Then there are others who say God’s laws were either abolished, and no longer valid, or fulfilled by Jesus therefore no longer needed.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.

Remember This:

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

James 1:14
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

Matthew 5:48

“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"

God's Word

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

  1. You shall Love God, and have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
  5. Honor your father and your mother
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery
  8. You shall not steal
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
  10. 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


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    • MonkeyShine75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mara Alexander 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      It's not impossible, and if anyone truly loves God, and people, it's EASY. Impossible is an excuse made by those who like sinning, and who don't want to stop.

      If they feel impossible to anyone, they need to perfect their love

    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      nope impossible, even though we had read the bible, there are tons of people out there who are mindless souls

    • MonkeyShine75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mara Alexander 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thanks Dwight you're very kind

      I actually enjoy reading the bible, and researching if what I am sensing corresponds with what the word says

      There’s reward for keeping God’s commandments. (Deuteronomy 6:2-3)

      They are for a long life, and God told Israel that things would be well with them for keeping his commandments

      God requires they be taught to the children. (Deuteronomy 6:7)

      And it is the only writings that God says to display in the home

      “And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9)

      The ten commandments are a blessing, and the Israelites didn’t need to be set free from them, they never enslaved them.

      For the others who read this: Jesus didn’t do away with them either. Jesus made them more clear by expounding on them

      When he spoke of the one that says “Thou shall not kill”, he said that being angry WITHOUT CAUSE could put your salvation in jeopardy

      Matthew 5:22

      But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

      God’s ten commandments are about how we treat others, so they will never be done away with.

      Most people think the one about bearing false witness is about lying, which it is in a way, but is more about slandering another person.

      When we want to question is something a sin we have to ask ourselves if it hurts ourselves or another person, and does it diminish or take away your love for God, or your way of showing him your love.



    • Dwight Phoenix profile image

      Dwight Phoenix 

      3 years ago from Jamaica

      Yo starr! yuh a shell dong some scripture!!!!! Mad ting!

      Sorry But I had to go back to my roots for your awesome reply :)

      I'm really proud of you Mara I can see that your knowledge of the scriptures has really grown during your time here on hub pages. I'll pray for you and hope that you'll continue on this path.

      God bless...

    • MonkeyShine75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mara Alexander 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Nice to see you here Dwight. Thanks for reading my hub

      I like to get my subjects to write about from other people, and what they are most passionate about.

      There are so many who claim to be Christians, who think all they have to do is believe in God, and they'll be okay. Most of them admit to living their life in sin, and are claiming to be a "child of God" in vain (meaning they will be turned away)

      We can't be double minded in salvation or in faith

      James 4:8

      Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

      I'm new to reading, and understanding the bible, but some things are very clear, and the next verse says it all

      1 John 3:6

      Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins hath not seen him, neither known him.

      In other words, if we live in God, we don't allow ourselves to sin, some of us have no desire to

      If they sin, and don't know him, how are they saved?

      I think one of the problems is that some don't understand what sin is. In answer to my question, some mentioned the 613 laws given to Israel, and some referred to the old Levitical laws given to the priests, and how they should behave, but sin is about breaking the ten commandments



    • Dwight Phoenix profile image

      Dwight Phoenix 

      3 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow Mara. I can see where the question you had asked really spurred some passion in you to write this hub. It's really good and very detailed.

      And yes i believe that you can live a sin free life.


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