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Eric's Sunday Sermon; No Need For Sin Part 2

Updated on April 9, 2017

Some folks hear "go and sin no more".

And so it was said to the blind man to go and sin no more. And we have no account that he sinned again.
And so it was said to the blind man to go and sin no more. And we have no account that he sinned again. | Source

Close evaluation

We are married to the fact of our own sin. We have come to use the word sin to mean the slightest of wrongs. Is that correct or should we really be thinking about changing the word or accepting a broader interpretation? Definition? Do we all do wrong? And is every wrong a sin? And have you really sinned in the last 4 months?

I love the check lines of life. Social interaction into personal space so close as to touch. And the bargained for exchange of money for goods. Dynamic. We know for a full on fact that more than 50% of all grocery store tabulations are wrong. Closer to 70. So, I do not pay any attention to it except in a very rare occasion of like half off the produce I bought. But I know there are errors made most of the time. Forget about an error in my favor. Do I sin if I do not catch an error that would be in the store’s favor? Do you want to call that a sin? Do you need to confess and repent on such failure? If you want to think about killing things. Microorganisms to ants and flies. Should you repent because you used anti-bacterial tooth paste?

I hope we are getting to a point here. Did you know that there are four words in Greek for love. AGAPE, PHILEO, EROS, and STERGO. And those lead to about 33 variations when combined with modifiers Aramaic, Hebrew and Latin – then of course English. “A rather simple brotherly love”. “A deep and highly spiritual brotherly love”. But here is what that brings us to. About ten core words for sin and combined about 33 variations found in the Bible. So I am quite certain that you could go down the road to thinking flatulence in the car with grandma is a sin. Or maybe worse – she commits the sin.

We belittle love sometimes like in the use of “I love you bro”. Sure that can be real but far too often it is the same as this new phrase “no problems” which is used by people doing their job and just assuming your customer issue is a problem. See where we are going? We do not want you to walk into the back of a church and start with “forgive me father for I have sinned”. Sorry but that is way too cliché and cheapens confession.

What does it mean to be sav(ed)? Some folks have been. Sin is not required to continue

Can a man or woman be cured of sin?

Sorry but my boy's auntie does not sin.
Sorry but my boy's auntie does not sin. | Source

Is it right to take God's time to pardon a thought?

The consoling cop sits across from the wife who just lost her husband by murder. “I understand how you are feeling”. Really? You just bust out with, “I have the hots for my neighbor’s husband” and call it sin? And you do this when children in Syria are getting gassed? You do it when women are being stoned to death? You do it when a cop gets shot to death in Detroit? You have the unmitigated gall to elevate what you do on Park Avenue and the check counter to a sin? You know full well you should have given more to the charity and now confess that as a sin? I do not think you get to cheapen sin like that.

Well maybe with all that you are right. Sins have a size of severity? I understand that the most used term for sin in both the old and new testaments is “missing the mark”. I am sorry but that is completely absurd in today’s parlance. The economy tanks and dad of 3 loses his job and loses his home? Well quite clearly he missed the mark. Failure is a sin?

The celeb checks into a rehab. Now it is vogue. Rehab has them recount their sins against others and make amends. How bitchin cool is that? It has elevated itself to being cool to have sins. And now we have this left over Christian notion that having a sin is great because then you can confess and repent and gain gold stars. No! This has gone too far. Mary is a great parishioner. She is a super duper good person. She does nothing but good. And yet she claims on Sunday morning to ask for forgiveness of sins? Obviously the 7 year old boy is the same. Something does not jive here with being children of God. Yes everyone sins but they do not sin every month or year. If I asked my friends here to lay out their last week’s sins I would have forty others giggling. To get to the point of demanding that we are active sinners is in fact to “miss the mark”.

Every Christian doubts. Am I to tell a 14 year old that to doubt is to sin? Nope. Am I to tell an 18 year old that arousal by women is a sin? Nope.

How great thou art - you!

Can the sun set on our life of sin?

I hope it does not make my sister feel bad that she does not need to confess sins every week that she has not committed.
I hope it does not make my sister feel bad that she does not need to confess sins every week that she has not committed. | Source

Peace

The Sin of Imperfection is not a sin at all. Sin is an act that distances us from God. I think everyone can agree on that. But we have a problem here. My son errors and asks for my help and God’s help. Did the error not just bring him closer to God? So it is not a sin – right?

I tell you, every week on the drive to a physical Sunday Sermon my son challenges me. I have come to recognize that it is not spontaneous. For about a year my son has premeditated that which he will address in our Sunday go-to-church time. Today was “sacrifice”. “Dad what does sacrifice mean?” Palm Sunday. Son and friends at true sacrifice is of our self for another. If I sacrifice for you in order for you to get things right then you owe me to accept that we made things right. Christ did not take a nose dive into holy hell in this world so that I can self flagellate over how bad I am. Of course we are not perfect but we must stop telling ourselves that our imperfection is sin. Wrong!! God made us this way. If it is a sin to be human then Christ sinned. Christ was made man. Are you human? If you say that merely to be human you must sin then you miss the mark. I am just going to put it out there for you. I have some friends; Lori, Linda, Nadine, Judy, Bill, Mel and David and they do not sin. Sorry if that really bothers you but it is true.

Accept that you are not a sinner any more. Tough but true.

You see I just cannot see imperfection as a sin. I mean, who decides perfection? Only God could make that call. And God made us. So do we get to decide what is perfect for us for God? Are even big mistakes ours or the plan of God, and if we carry out the will of God in “missing the mark” are we perfect? Perfection just cannot be the test.

But we have this required notion that Jesus died for us for our sins that through acceptance of Jesus as our savior we are given grace. This is a grand idea. But does it require us to continue to sin so we can repent? Nope. We jump in with John the Baptizer and it is over. Sure we can choose to sin again but so many do not. Once baptized, even on this earth we can choose to sin no more. Even if you choose to say we are all sinners and “I am a sinner”, does that mean you reject the Baptism? Does your insistence that you continue to sin ruin your partaking of the Eucharist?

You there, you became a sinner and you saw the error of your ways and witnessed your distance from God by act or omission and turned around and confessed and you do not steal anymore. Sorry to tell you but this happened while you are still human, like John demanded. Jesus said “go and sin no more”. They were cured of sin while living. When Paul was turned Paul from Saul did he continue to sin? Nope. (maybe that thorn in his side) We do not know.

Does it make you feel less Christian to not be a sinner?

Just a closing thought as we have another sermon on this that we will get to before our loving day of Easter. Happy Palm Sunday. My boy got all excited about the "miracle" of the donkey. And I got all excited as he laid down his palm during our procession into the church. Tradition is awesome and so good for us to remember.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence you add so much, with so few words. You get right to the notion that has great merit that it is not the action but the intent. Yes I get "the road to hell...." So we save that for part 3

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      Lawrence Hebb 6 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      So, making a mistake for which we say "sorry" isn't sin, I'm sooo with you on that. Deliberate rebellion is another thing though.

      Great hub.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Aishwarya. I am not real concerned with it the use of the term. But I think some folks should at least give it a thought. "I am a sinner" is really not appropriate for so many good people.

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      Aishwarya Tiwari 7 months ago from india

      Sins and mistakes differ..Right said by Terrie.People confuse them and give mistakes the name of sin.Also the word sin is used many a times without knowing all about it.

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      Mel Carriere 7 months ago from San Diego California

      Nothing has changed in 2500 years.  I bring a bad letter and my customers want to shoot me.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel we have to tread lightly and carry a big stick in this area. I do not try to offend Catholics. I hold hands with them most Sundays. We are hitting so close to home here. The big new Basilica in Casa Del Oro had way to many folk "selling" palms this last celebration. Sin is that which is said in beads and 1 million prayers per week. We have this problem of no sin no need for church.

      They called them scribes back when, these lawyers. The elevated your kind and call them things like Mercury. The first marathon and they killed the mailman/messenger or did he just collapse and die.

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      Mel Carriere 7 months ago from San Diego California

      What you say about being absolved of anything for a fee is pretty much the definition of the legal profession too, Eric, which is probably why a good guy like you doesn't dabble in it anymore. But I am sure at least one of the more surly saints watches over lawyers. But not mailmen, we are still saintless, which is isn't fair.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So Mel, what you are telling me is that the Sadducee and the Pharisee watch over you. For a fee you can be resolved of whatever?

      Much to think about there. They are doing the garbage and homeless routine again in our Sweetwater "river". Why do homeless folks litter?

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim. It is just a fascinating area. I just assume when Jesus told the the adultress to sin no more John 8, that she did not. And then you have John 9 and this was an answer “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus. Well that is pretty straight forward that at least 3 people had not sinned. We can live without sin.

      And a mind must consider Saul/Paul. Paul was made free of sin, yet he avows a thorn in his side, which I conclude was a sinful condition to keep him humble. But in fact we know of no sins committed by Paul. And then Peter sinned and sinned. But he is the rock. It is just great.

      I find that over the last few weeks of working in this area I am more focused on my sins. Or should I say "focused on not sinning"?

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      Mel Carriere 7 months ago from San Diego California

      We mailmen got a pretty good Union that absolves us of most sins Eric, up to and including grand larceny sometimes.

      As far as a patron saint, none of the litany will touch us.  We're still waiting to see if they beatify Cliff Clavin from Cheers.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, I fully enjoy your comments. I look forward to them. I hope you have a fantastic day.

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      Tim Mitchell 7 months ago from Escondido, CA

      I read both sermons you shared on sin Eric liking both. They prompt firing from the hip or giving time to introspection. I did that deciding if I made a list like the little old lady it would take a lifetime giggle + giggle as it took a lifetime to commit them. Thinking of the 7 deadly sins the list would begin with I hit the snooze button this morning. Isn't that sloth or being lazy? Giggle + giggle I guess I stand guilty.

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      Lori Colbo 7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I hope i didn't offend. I get off the beaten path and stick my foot in my mouth. I just read your comment about the school shooting. So devastating and how frightening when we have children and grandchildren in school. We had this happen a few years ago up north and it was horrifying. It hurts so much for everyone but of course the pain of those directly involved - students, faculty, the injured and the families. This trend of mass shootings is a horrific tool of Satan. I'm so glad your dear son was not involved. I imagine you hug him harder than ever before. I pray, Lord come quickly.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dear Ruby, we had a day of crap here in Southern Ca. Some crazy shooting at people within a school. I have this little guy that keeps me thinking about little guys is grade school. So I thought back on your comment here regarding our children. I weep.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So Lori, I was doing an inventory of light in my life. Obviously the usual subjects came up like children and wife. But I dug a little deeper and found humor. Your comment had me holding a gut laughing - fantastic. But I found it is not in the quick wit and funny thing to say, but rather within a person. Some folks just make us happy like funny. You and my friend Mel strike this cord with me. And I thank God for you.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      You make a compelling argument. I wonder if we should sometimes just pass over some stuff and follow the dictates of the inner voice.

      Do I have a goal? Where do I wish to get to? Why am I not there? What can I do to remove the things standing in my way? It is that simple.

      The buddhists say:

      1. There is suffering.

      2. Suffering has a cause.

      3. That which has a cause will also have a cure.

      4. The way to the cessation of suffering (the cure)

      It is that simple. If you know, others will also know in time. They are God's, not ours. Peace.

      P.s. Your Lori, Nadine, Linda ... should all be Seers.

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      Lori Colbo 7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I gave you my thoughts in your part 1 so I will not comment further. But Eric, seriously, I can say without any hesitation that flatulence in a car with mother or grandmother is a grave sin. I had four boys I ought to know. But if Grandma or mother does it it's a very well justification called payback. I had to open the window when I read that comment in your article due to the memories it triggered. All that gas those years has me in therapy for PFSD - Post Flatulence Stress Disorder. My kids won't pay the bill so they're not getting anything on my will.

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      John Ward 7 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Said well Eric. I have some concerns on the subject of sin but I would say you have addressed them very well. When asked about the statement We are born Sinners I usually answer That it means that we are all born with the capabilities to commit Sin. Not all of our wrongs are sin and I think that we Christians are conditioned to feel guilty and miss the main teaching that that we are called to be sons and daughters of God a reason for joy and happiness. Catholics especially, have a guilt complex which is hard for some to shake. None of us are perfect and if we truly examine ourselves (not speaking of "Conscience" but just a simple test of our real person, I believe we would find that we do not let that person really show to the world. With the shields, Barriers and walls we build around ourselves we can create problems, however unintentional, in our relationships and our functions to humanity. This includes our relationship with ourselves. Sin is a deliberate act that hurts others and can damage our relationship with God. The question of Sin is not an easy one to answer. Thank you for your insight. Proud to know you my friend. May your hubs bring more enlightenment and challenges to our complacent selves. John W

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill. I am trying to picture you messing up. You are just a bit to orderly for me to grasp that vision.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Chitrangada. I do believe that we must watch ourselves in this area. Repeated mistakes are probably the result of a deeper sin. But maybe not.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel that is just too darned funny. All real good humor or lies have a ring of truth to them. Do they have a like special deal for mail sins? And just who is the patron saint of mail peoples?

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm a spiritual being having a human experience. I'm going to mess up from time to time, my friend, but I am lessening those times, and that's progress!

      Happy Monday, Preacher Man!

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, I worked a spell as a guy with a rather large gun. Down at our docks that handle Navy ships. National Security and all that. Our finest machinists had learned their trade in the college of the state penitentiary. I found that our greatest security was in folks that had done time for wrongs. I still do not know what to make of it as far as sins go.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Terrie my good friend make no mistake I am "confusing" mistakes with sin. You really hit it on the mark. A place of knowing and continuing and a place of ignorance. I am searching for a place that is pure boo boo and not maligned intention. I do not think you have the intention to do wrong. But we shall keep looking for that.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 7 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great thought provoking hub!

      I believe, Mistakes and sin are two different things . A mistake repeated again and again can be termed as Sin. Mistakes can be pardoned. But if one has repentance from the heart , even sins can be pardoned because God is great and we all are his creations. As is rightly said, Hate the sin and not the sinner.

      As usual excellent sermon! Thanks for sharing!

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      Mel Carriere 7 months ago from San Diego California

      Sin is In, Devout is Out.

      When I go to confession, there is usually a little old lady there with a laundry list of "sins" thicker than the phone book. You definitely do not want to get behind her in the line, if you got stuff to do. She takes about an hour to confess.

      On the next pew over, there is some leather glad tough with gang tattoos who elbows his way in front of the little old lady with the list, takes about 30 seconds to recount his bad deeds, then growls at you in a threatening fashion on the way out. What gives in Confessionville?

      As a closing thought, please do not self-flatulate in the car. Great sermon.

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      John Ward 7 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      This hub gave me a lot to consider and dwell on. Thanks for the prong to and for consideration. Good Work. John W

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      Terrie Lynn 7 months ago from Canada

      Hi Eric, it seems to me that you are confusing mistakes with sin. We know there is a difference. I ask for forgiveness at night from god through his son. I have found that some seem to think they can do what ever they like all week long, go to church and ask for forgiveness and start all over again. That would be a deliberate act and no longer just a mistake. This is a great article, thank you my friend for making me think. By the way no 7 year old needs confess anything, God knows, they are children.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We had a wonderful Palm Sunday. How marvelous to commemorate the day. We do an outside processional and love it. We just get so excited and have a blast rejoicing in the triumphal march from outside into the home of worship.

      We just get all happy. Maybe some do not get it, and maybe some criticize it. We just love it. Our home has many palms in it now and it makes us happy. Just us I reckon. But we love it. Blessings to you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      We were all given a palm at church this morning. The message, of course was Christ's crucifixion, and that he died for our sins. It was a sobering thought that he took our sins away. I know we are all human and will sin, but not on purpose. Who are we to judge another's sin. I really do believe that most people want to do good, but what about the evil of dropping sarin on innocent children? Some people say that sin is sin, surely there is a difference. Thank you for sharing your palm Sunday with us..