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Eric's Sunday Sermon; No Need For Sin

Updated on April 2, 2017


Is there sin in that?
Is there sin in that? | Source

Just a note

(My good buddy who was my father in law was captured this day back in 1974. He was attached to a US Army Ranger Paratrooper Outfit. He was born and raised in a town called Cu Chi where he ultimately died. He saw sin. He tried to prevent it. I do not know sin as good men and women have protected me from it. Thank you heroes.)

Maybe ugly but not sin.

In this full on frontal assault on those who say we all are condemned, we teach ‘em a lesson. Please listen to it.

Let us go right to the basics here. There are people who tell you that you are sinful and will go to hell if you do not follow some rules. Don’t jump to fast, they do this in Hindu, Shinto, Buddhism and so many countless others like, Muslim, Jewish and at least a handful of the African “religions”. Oh they do not undress it so much like Christians and Jews but it is woven into the fabric and if you do not see it, you are a blind follower. If you don’t get the moral/spiritual notion of “you do bad, bad stuff happens” please move along peacefully and be very happy.

We all do wrong. We just have to accept that. For a good bit I acquainted it with the rotation of Mother Earth. Sure why not? How many times have you dropped something kind of precious and it broke – phone? Dish? Picture? Egg? – well you took the heat for that but you just as well could blame the resulting breakage on gravity. So you were not careful but the fall was gravity’s fault. Did you know that some cultures believe the ground rises to the object and there is no gravity? (start off with something like animism and anthropomorphism and relativism get the search terms and look it up – in a week you will have something, fascinating for us word geeks, hell I can make the case that gravity is a pull up, with no string theory at all)

So is there relativism in sin? As an expert I can 100% for sure tell you there is. Bummer huh? For black and white folk ;-) Sorry.

You have two basic types of sin. “Oops” and “Damn”. That is what you say at least when you realize that is what you have done. Yes oops is carelessness. Damn is when you should have done what is right. Hey that is still when you drop grandmas fine China. You knew how important it was and failed to give it righteous attention. In disciplining a child we must be careful here. As God is with us. The failure does not make us bad, it means we did bad. And if Grandma makes us feel bad over the China then that is far worse than us dropping it. Life and death is so much more and helping so much more than accidents.

So we are looking more at impact than we are on deed? I submit we are, and I do not mean that impact on others. I mean that major major issue of separation from God in you. That resulting distance as a result “of”.

My friends, fear is not sin!

Narrow Road?

You are free to be good.
You are free to be good. | Source

Thank you for lifting me up.

Did it surprise you that we said so simply up above that sin is two types which are very simple. I promise you it is that way. But us fat cats with time on our hands move to the next level of inquiry. Is that act a sin or is it not?

So a baseline for what is a sin? Hop on the old wagon cuz we got our selves a doosey of a ride into town. Your author just threw it around like – duh, everyone knows what a sin is. Thank God we grow and at least do not stay as stupid as we were, and if not,, sorry for your family and friends. We need to talk. (note I use grammar, syntax and punctuation in a very sinful way – to an English teacher)

Some folks just get all upset over the sin of mismatching clothes. Other’s the sin of being late. I am really sorry to tell you but most people reading this are so far from heinous sin that those two matters mean something. I had a great day. Had to shop in a few places looking for just the right organics. I was in contact with at least 200 people and I did not see a single sin. I picked up my son from school and saw some bad parking and some outfits that should be rethought but no sin. It is evening and we are home and I will not see any sin for sure until, at the earliest 10 am tomorrow. No live news here.

People say that we sin all the time because we are imperfect. I am way imperfect but I swear that I committed no sin today – yet ;-). Where did this notion that all of us are horrible sinners come from? My neighbor told me a funny story today about his righteous brother forbidding pot. Maybe my neighbor was stoned but he was not sinning, and we talked about doing a kid block party out front on the street, how fun. Does he sin because he is high?

Writing this made this “humble sinner” reflect. I call myself a sinner but really I don’t think I have sinned since…. OK maybe that deal about leaving great and good things undone. But I do stuff. I volunteer at the food bank. Bring water to homeless and chat, and sit on two boards of charitable or educational import. Shucks I even bring folks to think of God in my sermons.

You are reading this and you had better be shaking your heads. Because if you care to read about sin I can tell you that you are not going out of your way to sin. Turn that damned TV off. They scour the earth looking for sin and plop it down in your face at dinner time. (maybe that is a sin?) You and your family do not sin. You are way cool. Made perfect as a God creation? I will buy that. It is my experience.

And so here is the cool part for me and I do relish in it. I get to preach Sunday Sermons to a couple hundred of my online pals and gals. And who I reach don’t generally sin. They be cool.

So here, for us, is the very cool part. Confess your sins!

Do a quick check off of stuff you wish you did better. I am sorry to tell you though that my brothers and sisters you really did not sin this last week. Try to do better for sure. But you are a friend of man and God. I loves yous peoples. You are good. And it is my absolute honor and pleasure to remind you that you are awesome. So let us metaphorically hold hands and walk to the front pew and say a simple prayer of thanks. Thank you God for making me good.

I do not know the devil

Somewhere in South East Asia

Life is not about sin, it is about life and you are doing just fine.
Life is not about sin, it is about life and you are doing just fine. | Source

Be soft in touch and judgment

We are born. That is a natural fact. If we took the Ten Commandments seriously I would have to say that God laughs at my transgressions. I have been a bit of a bad guy. But I sit still and take a look and I see that I can take myself very seriously. But I ain’t even a pimple on a gnat’s ass of bad. If you are normal, you are good. And I know you are good. Let us stop judging our neighbor. And to do that well let us stop judging ourselves harshly. Jesus would not.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence thank you for coming by. I put in some serious time over the notion of "Original Sin" and "Sinful Nature" and it is very interesting. But in the end, for me, it makes absolutely no difference at all. Like you, I screw up, recognize it, ask for forgiveness, and try to do better and fix anything I mess up. Then, repeat, repeat and repeat. So we end up with the last interesting question. What is a sin? And again we do not worry for any wrong must be treated as above.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      I 'miss that mark' every day, but I'm not too worried, why? Because he says if I own up to it when I realise it, then God is faithful and will forgive, just like he promised!

      Does that mean 'I have no sin?' I'll let people more qualified discuss that.

      I never fully worked out that 'original don't thing though.

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much Tom for sharing your insight here with us. I read your comment once yesterday and again today. What you were really saying changed for me. That is in fact what was the truth changed overnight. I will go for a hike in a bit, a trail I have been on a few times. What I notice will be different this time.

      Certainly I move along linear lines. But I grow in a sense without time at all. What sin is to me changes. Perhaps what I would have repented for yesterday I might feel no need for today.

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      Tom Ware 

      23 months ago from Sydney, Australia

      "The failure doesn't make us bad, it means we did bad." And even that is an interpretation which could be false. "Nothing is good or bad except our thinking makes it so," said William Shakespeare.

      Now, we know that our thinking comes very much from our conditioning which, depends on our culture and upbringing. What is regarded as 'good' in one culture may well be regarded as 'bad' in another.

      I read somewhere that the word 'sin' originally meant to 'miss the mark' as in an archer missing the target with his arrow. The target being to aim for, and worked towards is in answering that greatest of all questions: 'What am I?'

      The more dedicated we are to finding the answer to that question the less we sin - miss the mark. Our ultimate aim is to realize, and then become on a permanent basis, our Higher Self. This is what referred to as 'Christ Consciousness,' in Christiantity, and Atman in Hinduism and having Buddha Mind, in Buddhism.

      We all have this greatness within us. Indeed, it is what we are in our essence. But if we didn't have a lesser, smaller self, immersed in an ego, we'd simply have nothing to experience. We would simply BE...and that would be it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nadine. We need to accept we have some flaws and that does not make us flawed. Eric did a bad thing, does not mean Eric is bad.

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      Nadine May 

      23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Great article on this topic Eric, I wish my parents were still alive to read it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Chris, great to hear from you. Still in Colorado?

      Chris I am working on more on this subject and I could do a whole sermon on the semantics of sin. Maybe I will because it really helps us to take a look at our relationship with our God and especially if you have one with Christ.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Louise judging is a tricky business when we do it of others. But pretty straight forward when applied to actions. Thank you for coming by and commenting I hope you will join me again soon.

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      Chris Mills 

      23 months ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

      The talk about sin is all semantics. To those who believe we are born sinners, even our good is evil. Such a negative message. Like you, Eric, I choose to see the good in others and call it good. If I see it in myself, I call it good. Thanks for the uplifting sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Terrie you are so right, a blind eye to sin is a sure pathway to creating a gap between us and God. We have to be careful in this judgment area along these lines. Not careful that we judge but careful that we do not. Bad needs to be labeled bad and not just "oh they are just different than us". Judges do not need to step down they need to step up.

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, let me divert to Our New Taco Saturday inspired by

      My boy and I did some organic shopping and will pick up some fresh tomatoes, Cilantro and Oregano for tomorrow.

      I forced myself to go sin shopping by watching news media. Paying attention to that stuff is very sickening.

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori thank you for your second comment. These extremes really do help us focus. I raises that interesting concept of "If the silly child does Q sin and I do Q sin, what are we to make of it?" Maybe the dementia patient is closer to God. I do not know.

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello everyone and thank you for your comments. I mean really thank you.

      It has been a kind of hard yet rewarding week as I work on part two of the Sermon. I am getting excited while on Monday thru Thursday I was getting frustrated with my slow learning and writing curb.

      I must admit that I visited all of you who commented looking for some kind of sinful nature you may exhibit. I am good at nuance and moods. The result was a total failure to find sin in you. I am afraid that years of knowing most of you made it a little hard for you to hide your natures. I challenged other good people to confess their sins going back 3-6 months. We had some good giggles, I found two events I would call sinful. So my two buddies and I picked up the phone and made it right.

      I have two of the hottest questions on HP going strong right now that relate to sin. I have had the pleasure of reading about 200 reactions there. Maybe more all told.

      Sin is so cool to study. I think I grew up thinking it was about a boogie man as the Devil making people do things. But it is far more about our personal relationship with our God than anything else.

      I hope you join the next Sermon - it just might be that sin is....

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      Louise Powles 

      23 months ago from Norfolk, England

      It's far to easy to judge. I've judged people in the past, only to be proven wrong. That's a beautiful sermon.

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      Terrie Lynn 

      24 months ago from Canada

      Hi Eric, Yes basically most of us are good. Thank you for the reminder, some of us do tend to be harsher on ourselves. I've been told I tend to over think things. But the scriptures do tell us there is sin and evil in the world and we will benefit from acknowledging that or how will we protect ourselves from it. A mistake is one thing and yes we can ask for forgiveness. Have a great day.

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      Linda Lum 

      24 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - I always look forward to hearing from you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      24 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda and Lori I am working through your comments with deliberation. My problem seems to be that it will take another Sermon.

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      Lori Colbo 

      24 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hi Eric, thanks for elaborating. God knows the heart of children. He knows when any particular child is at a point of recognizing sin as sin.

      It's good to have parents who know Christ and can guide them biblically.

      God is just, and when a little one's life is God forbid, tragically cut short, God knows they're not accountable because of their age and understanding. I think that is so also with people have a mental impairment from an illness or injury. Like someone with dementia or has had a serious stroke, and they forget they were a Christian (that's a tough struggle for those who love them).

      You take care brother.

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      Eric Dierker 

      24 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori it is so nice of you to visit and raise this most awesome issue. I am at full peace with my sinful nature. I am not Catholic but I do the full Catholic deal. "Sin" is just such a loaded word. I teach my children about sin and how fantastic Christ was to die for ours. For me sin is even just the slight notion. But I find no correctness in suggesting even for 3 seconds that a 13 year old sins. They need to jump right over the little creek of guilt and get one with good.

      Newbies and children do not need to go down into the depths and then figure out the grace. They need the grace and to look backwards into the sin if it be. Each week my child holds my hand and we confess our sins -- looking back and with full cover and no guilt or even guile. We chit chat about it. My wife at night confesses and we look for a better way.

      Because we love with our whole heart we are not burdened but relieved.

      But my good friend this was written for those without such support and guidance. They must not live in a separating sin. They must not judge themselves harshly. Let them slide into good and not battle to get there.

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      Lori Colbo 

      24 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Yep, as Linda said, love you to pieces but I believe the Bible is emphatically, crystal clear on sin, and why Jesus went to the cross. I would encourage you or anyone else to read First John, particularly 1 John 1:7-9 with an open heart.

      This not about Judging anyone, it's about the truth in God's word regarding sin and the reason for the cross. Being forgiven of sin it the greatest gift we receive. But we can't be forgiven if we don't confess it.

      I'd would love to hear what your thoughts are on repentance - its meaning and purpose.

      I thank you for being such a dear and encouraging friend on HP.

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      Linda Lum 

      24 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, my dear brother. You know that I love you, but my particular faith causes me to take a breath and pause on this subject. My teachings have been that (1) we all are sinners, (2) we might strive to do "what is good", but can never achieve the perfection that our God demands, (3) but Jesus lived the perfect lift for us, in our stead, he died the death that we deserved, and he is our Savior.

      Now, that said, I understand where you are coming from on this article. (I won't say "hub" because if this moves to a niche the powers that be on Hubs don't like us to use the word hub. Shhh).

      You and I didn't physically or emotionally injure someone today, but it we had even a momentary negative thought about them, we did them harm. You and I didn't steal, but if we wished for something that was not ours (our could be), we stole. Lust? Remember what Jimmy Carter said? Taking the Lord's name in vain? Disrespecting authority? Wow that one is really difficult for me right now--considering the people who are working in Washington D.C. right now. ...and the list goes on.

      You and I (and most all of our friends and acquaintances) are not guilty of a blatant sin--theft, murder, etc. But all of us are guilty of those little things, those thoughts, mumbles, and mis-steps each and every day.

      So, where does that put us (in the grand scheme of things)? Each night I reflect on what I have done/said/thought. I ask my Heavenly Father for forgiveness. I forgive those who have hurt me. And I move on to the next day and hope that I can do better.

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      Lori Colbo 

      24 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Eric, here is one thing I disagree with you on.

      I never go through a day without committing any sins. We have a thought life and I believe I have sinful thoughts every day. I will have at least one thought or action that is sinful, but not necessarily be aware of it. The people in the mall could be sinning either in thought of deed and we would not know it because we don't know them or their situation in life and we certainly don't know what they are thinking. I'm not trying to say we are all a bunch of creeps going to hell, and I am not condemning anyone. I just don't believe anyone goes a week without sinning. What I know for sure is that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. There is no one good, no not one.

      But woo hoo, God loves each person no matter who they are or what they've done. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him," Rom. 5:8-9. I call this good news and the greatest act of love ever, and let us also remember grace.

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      Dana Tate 

      24 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      The one we truly sin against is God. If God can show us mercy in all that we do we can certainly extend that to ourselves and others.

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      Eric Dierker 

      24 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill it is really only the very start to a new and wonderful day and I figure I have judged myself harshly about 200 times already. I must stop that!

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      Eric Dierker 

      24 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How well said Jennifer. I was hoping to get across that just because we fall short does not mean we sin. There is a huge area there. Failing to be perfect does not equate to sin as many would tell us.

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      Eric Dierker 

      24 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby you are a shining star. I fall a bit on that judging thing. But I have gotten better at seeing it and stopping it. My bride has a way of doing it to the ridiculous and we all laugh. There is most assuredly something good to be found in all.

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      Bill Holland 

      24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The last message was a blockbuster. What if....what if we didn't judge others by our own standards...what if we gave ourselves a break from self-judgement? Wow...and I do mean WOW!

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      Jennifer Mugrage 

      24 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

      "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

      Those are the words of Jesus himself.

      If you have kept those two commandments perfectly for even one day, then brother, you are a better man than I am.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      24 months ago from Southern Illinois

      My moto, " Judge not, no matter what. " If I follow this act, I know I have not committed the sin of judging others. Love is the key. We know there are some bad dudes who want to harm us, but mostly we are good people, like you preacher man...


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