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Related Media Introduction Any treatment of Christian doctrine would be incomplete if the biblical statement concerning sin were omitted. Modern Philosophy denies the existence of sin, but any such denial is part of a false philosophy. All refusal to admit the existence of sin can neither be controverted nor challenged.
Sin is not a myth, it is not a figment of the mind; sin is a fact. The Explanation of Sin What is sin? When one seeks the answer to this question in the many and varied definitions of men he is left somewhat confused.
There is a difference between the way God describes and explains sin, on the one hand, and the way, on the other hand, that men describe and explain sin. God tells us in His Word what sin is.
But when any man exalts the human mind to the place of deity and goes so far as to rule God out altogether, that man is on the brink of destruction. The Bible condemns human intellect as the supreme court.
Charles Ryrie has given a listing of Hebrew and Greek words which describe sin. He says that in the Hebrew there are at least eight basic words: The usage of these words leads to certain conclusions about the doctrine of sin in the Old Testament. In other words, sin was not simply missing the right mark, but hitting the wrong mark.
Kakos, bad Romans From the uses of these words several conclusions may also be drawn. The word that is used most frequently is hamartia, missing the mark. It is the most comprehensive term for explaining sin.
Let no man ever think that he comes anywhere near the standard set by God. God has demanded absolute perfection, and no matter how one measures himself, he falls far short. Some men measure themselves on the basis of human intelligence, some by educational attainment, some by financial success, some by cultural environment, and others by religious performance.
But God refuses to accept man on any of these grounds. He has established His perfect standard, and by that standard He measures every man. The left-handed marksmen in the Tribe of Benjamin rarely if ever fell short of their target.
On the other hand, the Bible contains no record of a man, save Jesus Christ, who never missed the moral standard of Almighty God Every man has failed to do what he ought, therefore the term is fittingly applied to sins of omission. Every man can be charged with the sin of the Pharisees whom our Lord charged with leaving undone the things they ought to have done Matthew Actually God has placed the standard so high so that none can ever reach it.
And why do I believe this? I believe it because I know the pride of my own heart, and I am but one member of a fallen and depraved race. Now suppose that we were able to meet the demands of God.
Those who made it would never cease to boast about how they did make it, and the unfortunate one who could not make it because of inability or some special inferiority on his own part would be lost forever. But God is not so cruel and compassionless.
The thought here is not merely that of doing what is unlawful according to the standard of men, but of a flagrant defiance of the known law of God. Sin, then, is that which is contrary to God Himself.
How easily we deceive ourselves and our friends! Both the philosophy and morality of this statement are alike sound and rational. The man who does not decide his actions on the basis of that which he knows is right is deserving of condemnation, because he did not act according to his conviction.
The decision of a growing or mature Christian is based upon his love for an obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. The actions and attitudes which do not proceed from faith in Christ are accounted as sin. If one has doubts about a certain matter, he should abstain from it, but if he goes on to do it anyhow, he acts out of faith, and such an action is sin.
We commenced the Christian life by faith, and so we should proceed by faith. Are you wavering between two decisions, to eat or not to eat, to drink or not to drink, to go to a certain amusement or not to go, to say certain things or not say them, to conform to a style of dress or not to conform?
If you do something despite strong scruples and convictions against that thing, this is sin which you must judge as sin, for surely God will judge it as sin. What is not done by faith cannot be done to the glory of God.· removes some common ideas about suffering. (One of these is that suffering is a punishment for *sin.) (One of these is that suffering is a punishment for *sin.) · .
The issue of suffering is fundamental to those who deal with the problem of evil. The fact that humans suffer physically is a terrible reality.
All the example of physical suffering one needs would be to watch a loved one die from cancer. Romans Understanding Christian Suffering is an introduction to the last section of Romans 8, Conquerors through Christ (Romans ).
Romans discusses the place suffering has in the lives of God's people. It is precisely for this reason Paul later moves on in Romans and discusses God's great plan of salvation and His love for us. · removes some common ideas about suffering. (One of these is that suffering is a punishment for *sin.) (One of these is that suffering is a punishment for *sin.) · .
At Mount Sinai God described himself: “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” If we stop right there in that verse, we can greatly misunderstand God and his ways. Earthquake Claims eyes Bible study questions on Romans This is an Anabaptist-Mennonite Christian site presenting Books on doctrine and practical areas the issue of sin and suffering as described in the bible of discipleship Find here on-line When asked what questions they would like to ask God if given the opportunity.