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How To Avoid Sin.

Updated on November 21, 2014

Do we say this man sins because he thinks about stealing a loaf of bread?

But no matter what his circumstances we agree he sins in stealing the bread.
But no matter what his circumstances we agree he sins in stealing the bread. | Source

What is sin?

The notion of sin is not just for Christians. It is a universal concept. One does not have to base it in the Bible.Sin is all around us. And even Atheists understand what sin means. Let us look at sin.

First let us look at what sin is not. There is a difference between "sin" in the head and sin in the heart. Please be sure here that we are not literally speaking of the heart and the head. We are speaking of the difference between what is in our thoughts versus what is in our inner most feelings. The head and the heart have been for some reason determined to be the places we refer to when using these concepts. Many argue that the mind is all in the head but that is only partially true. You see the mind is only part of the nervous system which includes all of our senses. From hearing to smelling these are all part of what we refer to as the head.

When we refer to our heart we include feelings and emotions which in scientific fact are connected more to the brain but we refer to them as matters of the heart. We just do.

So a sin is not just a fleeting unconnected thought in our heads. In order to be sinful it must be felt down in our heart. Some would argue against this idea. And say that even a millisecond of a thought is a sin. Well that is fine and dandy for those who are near perfect. And that might work out well for some in deep religious belief but it does not work for everyone in all aspects.

So for this purpose here in this article sin is not a thought. It must be deeper in at least a feeling or more concretely in an action.

What do we ever do to deserve one pleasure

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Is there a notion of sin that is universal?

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What is a sin?

It is easy for some who are religious to point to scripture to determine what a sin is and is not. But here we dig a little deeper. Also here we are not dealing with the ultimate types of consequences of sin. We are only dealing with the here and now and not what happens in an afterlife.
Here we consider sin as a state that is the opposite of loving. Some of these sins match up to written religious notions. Or some would say the modern religious thought matches what was and is universally known as a sin. (remember that condemnation and karma and things of such nature are not the subject here) Either way let us look at some sins.

Apathy: When we just do not care a bit about others. Or when we just do not care about ourselves. Or when we just do not care about our earth and living things. In short here we speak of apathy as just not caring. It should be considered though that two type are excluded here and given a medical excuse. One is the person that is deeply clinically depressed, here the chemicals of the mind block the sensitivities required for a deep caring. And the other is the person who just cannot empathize at all. Sad but there are those folks. But even here it can be said that if they just take some action based on the cerebral that while they are void in there hearts their actions overcome. Consider the person who does not feel the compassion but writes a check to abate hunger.

Hate: No matter the egregious behavior of another there is no getting around it hate is a sin. It serves no purpose other than feeding the selfish concerns of the ego. It is wasteful. It is shameful and it is destructive. Here we see the importance of the distinctions between a fleeting thought in the head, a gut feeling held deeply and action taken. Clearly the degree of affliction is important in determining whether or not one is sinful in this regard.

There are many more and for each of us there are different types of sin. But this gives us some insight and criteria for abating our perhaps sinful nature.

Trespass can be a sin.

Here we see that what is in our hearts would be the determining factor.
Here we see that what is in our hearts would be the determining factor. | Source

So the world is full of sin.

By the title we promised some answers and that is the point of this article. How do we avoid sin?

We wake up and smell the roses that is how we do it. We fill our hearts so full of the good that there is no room for sin. We train our brain to reject the negative and concentrate on the positive. And we take action that fills our days with good and love. In short we take our vessel of life and we deny any vacuum in which sin can creep in.

Just think for a moment this way. I do not have to believe in sin in order to recognize the negative in the world around me. I can move mountains and smooth out valleys for myself and for others by practicing the opposite of sin.

Our positive actions do not need to be great. Kindness and gentleness towards others and ourselves is good enough. Physically motivating ourselves to do good works for others is something that we can all do. A hug, an encouraging word all the way to blankets and food for the needy. If we practice these things and fill our minds and our hearts with them and thoughts and feeling about doing good then what room is left for sin?

Two worlds with one goal?

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Let love ring in all our hearts.
Let love ring in all our hearts. | Source

Don't commit the little sins

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The fact that I am a sinner is not up for debate. What am I going to do about that fact? That is where the rubber meets the road my friend.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Eric, you described two sins -- apathy and hate, of course, there are many. However, if a guy could avoid these two sins, her/his life would be much, much better, and he would be a great source of inspiration to all. Voted up and shared.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on the money Bill, it is not just about the bad we do, but about all the good we can do and should do, and in your case do do!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harishprasad, thank you for contributing your good thoughts to this hub. Truly we are inspired by those who can control themselves for the better.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      No room for sin, then, if our hearts and minds are filled with the positives which some of us know as the fruit of the Spirit. I like your very sensible, practical approach. Thank you, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora it was very difficult to write this in the secular. But I hope it helps all find at least common ground for discussion or reflection. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a note.

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      flpalermo 2 years ago

      I read your entire article. O.K., WHAT IS SIN? You never got to it.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      "Here we consider sin as a state that is the opposite of loving. Some of these sins match up to written religious notions. Or some would say the modern religious thought matches what was and is universally known as a sin." and "There are many more and for each of us there are different types of sin. But this gives us some insight and criteria for abating our perhaps sinful nature."

      I hoped to get across here that strict definitions are not necessarily helpful. It would seem that legalism would then grab a foothold -- or should I say does grab a foothold.

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      retief2000 2 years ago

      I have always heard that sin is knowing what is good and what is not good and freely choosing to do that which we clearly understand is not good.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      retief2000, thank you for that great comment. I can live with your thought there, it makes a lot of sense and adds greatly to this hub. If we follow your notion it is easier to quantify and be on guard.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I was just thinking about my new year resolution, and I was thinking how to be "better" in the next year. No sooner than that happened when someone pissed me off and I was two seconds away from telling them off. However I still have my goal after-all the new year hasn't started out yet. I do feel filling out hearts, minds and thoughts with good things and trying very hard not to dwell or entertain the bad is a step in the right directions.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Dana, I hope you folks got some much needed rain like we did down here. This avoiding sin stuff is a lot easier said than done. But if we make the effort then the reward is great. Thank you for coming by and reading and commenting.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Very well written about sin. I voted up.

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      Good read, nice analysis over the topic sin.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Susan, it is good of you to drop by and leave a comment. And thank you also for the vote.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      dilipchandra12, Thank you for your affirming comment. It is not a very concrete analysis but it is not a very concrete subject.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am not perfect and neither are you. I found your hub interesting and enlightening. Positively I am free of sin.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika I am glad you found interest in this hub. I hope we all strive for progress and not perfection.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      You have introduced me to the notion of sin in the head vs sin in the heart. I never thought about it that way. Wonderful words!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      If we could get convicted for the matters just in our head I would be serving several life sentences right now. Thanks much for the read and encouragement. With these writing sites all going crazy I need all I can get.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice thought provoking hub!

      'Sin' is difficult to define.

      A hungry child of a beggar steals bread from a shop to satisfy his hunger. Would you call it 'Sin'? Food for thought!

      Thanks for sharing this engaging hub!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fantastic comment ChitragadaSharan, Thank you for reading and leaving such a fine comment it adds to the hub.

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      Mothers of Nations 2 years ago

      Insightful article.

      "Physically motivating ourselves to do good works for others is something that we can all do. A hug, an encouraging word all the way to blankets and food for the needy. If we practice these things and fill our minds and our hearts with them and thoughts and feeling about doing good then what room is left for sin?"

      So well said. God bless you.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for such a nice comment mothersofnations. Now if I can just live that hour to hour -- or second to second I will be doing much better :-) May you have a blessed thanksgiving.

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      Keisha Hunter 24 months ago from Paradise and then some

      Its all well and good to do good and think good; unfortunately desires of the flesh are the hardest sins to just think or feel away. Herein lies the mother of all sins in my opinion.

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

      Keisha I surely can relate to your comment. Thank you for adding that to this hub.

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