What is sin?

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  1. Smireles profile image63
    Smirelesposted 10 years ago

    What is sin?

    As a people we seem to have lost our moral compass. Do you believe in sin? Do you believe in forgiveness for sin? How does sin affect our daily lives? Is there a difference in something that is not good for you and sin? Is sin something regulated by the church but has no significance in the real world? Dos the church offer value to your life? Are you concerned about sin and the consequences of sin? Interested in your thoughts.

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    JThomp42posted 10 years ago

    God expects obedience to His laws. God's law defines acceptable behavior and actions, and, when we break the standard of God's law, we step across the bounds He has set.

    1. Smireles profile image63
      Smirelesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you. Some people do not understand God's laws. Young and old people. Should we follow Old Testament laws, New Testament laws or a combination of both? Looking for way to teach a new generation.

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      JThomp42posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely my friend!

  3. Billie Kelpin profile image83
    Billie Kelpinposted 10 years ago

    Very interesting question.  I see very different things as sinning than are preached from the pulpit. Of course, I see all of those transgressions as "sin" for lack of a better word. But I see many additional transgressions as sins.  Driving an SUV that consumes an inordinate amount of gas is a sin to me;  if you live in a condo that pays for water and you don't watch your consumption, that is a sin to me.  When we have no concern for over-populating the planet for our own selfish needs, that's a sin to me.  When we sue someone when we KNOW we haven't been harmed, that is a sin.  When we excessively yell at our spouse or our children, that's a sin.  When we look aside from another's pain or assume we are better than they are because we "pulled yourself up by the bootstraps," or because we're "saved,"  that's a sin.  When we shop at a store without ANY knowledge under what condition those products are made, or knowing, still purchase the product because "after all, it's cheaper" - that's a sin.  When we assume that we, as Americans, are better than any other people, that's a sin. When we try to get a good deal KNOWING we're being unfair to another, that's a sin. I could go on and on.  In general, I would say that anything we do that harms another or our wondrous planet is a sin.

    1. Smireles profile image63
      Smirelesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with most of the items on your list. Do you believe that we individually or as a people will be answerable to God for environmental "sins"? Also, Jesus commanded us to love one another and kindness is part of that love.

    2. Billie Kelpin profile image83
      Billie Kelpinposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I believe we are answerable to each other -  the workings of the universe are too vast and unknowable to me.  I would find myself arrogant to say I can fathom it all.

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      Rayne123posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you and in short, I guess sin is anything we use for our own selfish purpose to hurt others. That is punishable by our Creator. What we create we get back. Thank you

  4. Harishprasad profile image71
    Harishprasadposted 10 years ago

    In my view, the sins are- to differentiate between co-humans on the basis of religion, creed, race and color and harbor Ill-will and hatred on the basis of that. 2. Even knowing that something is harmful to oneself and others, willfully indulge in that. 3. To kill innocent persons 4. Even being capable of uplifting oneself morally and spiritually, to never make efforts in that direction and   thus deprive oneself a rightful place in the eyes of God. 5. To   break the heart of someone who loves you as  his/her self.    These are basic five sins, others are mere faults or acts   committed to make a survival on this planet. God can forgive all   other faults or acts and sins except number 4. So it is the   foremost duty of every human not to forget this sin ever and  strive  for perfection so as to have a glimpse of God even while  living and not wait for the afterlife after death.

    1. Smireles profile image63
      Smirelesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You have a good list of things that are sin. I do agree with you that we must place God at the top of our list. While we can never know everything about God there are some things we can learn and know on this side of the veil while alive.

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    Deborah Sextonposted 10 years ago

    Sin is the Transgression of the laws
    1 John 3:4
    Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law

    Transgression of the laws is unrighteousness

    1 John 5:17
    All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

    Those born of God do not sin

    1 John 5:18
    We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

    We are able to keep God’s laws through love
    for what man can steal from, kill, etc if he loves the person. 

    Matthew 22:40
    On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
    By this Yahshua meant that we able to keep all of the laws, if we first keep these two.
    Not that these two were the only laws

  6. lone77star profile image72
    lone77starposted 10 years ago

    Sin is any action carried out as ego, rather than as spirit. Sin is an act against God's law, the highest of which is love.

    The pride of the Pharisees was ego. The hate of the temple leaders who condemned Christ was ego. The betrayal of Judas was ego.

    Ego is selfishness and separateness. Ego is both "good" and "evil" for its own sake. Ego is right and suffers when found to be wrong. Ego is vulnerable and fearful, while spirit is invulnerable and fearless.

    Killing people is sinful, but God killed millions with Noah's Flood. If you have the humility and hunger to learn, you will know how Noah's Flood was only an act of love. Christ said that he didn't come to bring peace. Why? Because the rescue of God's children is all that matters; by comparison, peace means nothing. God created us in His image and likeness and He is not human.

    1. Smireles profile image63
      Smirelesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Very good answer. The thing about killing is that the word kill in English is not the same as the word murder. God basically said, Thou shalt not murder." The truth is that God has expectations of people. Our choice is whether to obey or not to obey.

    2. lone77star profile image72
      lone77starposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Smireles. And murder is only one human killing another human. My choice of words was intentional. God is not human. Neither are the children of God. And lack of obedience (separation, willfulness) was what shackled us with ego.

    3. Smireles profile image63
      Smirelesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I still like your answer but I do not agree that killing and murdering someone is the same thing.


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