What is sin?

Posted: November 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

Now normally when this question is asked of a Christian they will hit you with the usual list of Bible verses and platitudes. They will talk of how Christian’s view sin as anything that separates us from God.

Nice.

But not actually true.

Most Christian’s don’t believe they sin. Sure, they SAY they sin because 1 John say’s you’re a Liar if you say you don’t sin. Cool. But in reality people ignore their own sin. Only thinking about it sitting in church, just before communion when we confess our sins before God, in a general, non committal fashion ready to do it again next week.

So, when Jesus said, “Love your neighbour as yourself”, he really meant it, you know what that means. Simply, if you ignore your sin, ignore others sin. But Jesus went further and said that when you judge someone else, it is like trying to take a spec of wood out of their eye when you have  a plank in yours.

Have you noticed how when people complain about someone else’s Sin, it’s sometimes exactly the same thing they are struggling with. How many anti-gay leaders turn out to be gay themselves eventually?

So what does Jesus actually want us to do. Well, you know there is two verses both in the Old and New Testament that are very interesting. 8Above all, love one another deeply, becauselove covers over a multitude of sins. 9Show hospitality to one another without complaining.… 1 Peter 4:8, then it occurs quite a lot…

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.

Proverbs 17:9
He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.

1 Peter 1:22
Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth, so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.

The thing is, if the Church, me, everyone spent more time worrying about if we are really loving people, deeply like Peter said, I think we would have a fantastic place because love creates a safe place. That’s why Jesus said the greatest commandments were to Love God and Love your neighbour. Not Love God and point out everyone else’s faults.
Working it out? Now that’s a different story.
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