Saturday, September 27, 2008

What is SIN?

Author Paul Copan, PH.D. describes it best. He says, “Sin is doing what you want. Sin is having attitudes that are self-absorbed and self-centered rather than being God-centered.”

I was saved in my early 30’s. Yet even to this day I am amazed by the many different Christian denominations we have in the United States. When I ask the question of “why” I received just about the same answer. Each church or denomination follows it’s own doctrine.

Let me see if I am following you D.C. on this one. You are saying that each church or denomination reads the same Bible? Each Christian church that is, Yes. They teach from the same Bible? Yes. They preach from the same Bible? Yes. Yet each has a different doctrine, set of beliefs or policies when it comes to the Christian faith? Yes, you got it.

If the Christian churches cannot seem to get it together how can we expect individual Christians to get it?

The answer is within your question. We do not get it. We are not supposed to get it. That is why we need a redeemer, a savior the one who has it and always has and always will have it. That is going the long way around the barn for the answer. My point is we need Christ Jesus more now than our ancestors did over 2,000 years ago.

Let me warn you here D.C. You are skating on that precious word of doctrine that the higher-ups hold dear to their hearts.

Then let me put it the way I see it. From my point of view doctrine today is used like a football. We hold tight of it when it is beneficial to us. We do not think twice about kicking it down field or throwing it out of bounds when we want to. We often fumble it and then yell at others for dropping it.

The fact is very few of us ever take time in the study of Biblical doctrine. We leave that to others. Make no mistake about it. I am guilty too, but by doing it ourselves we would be interpreting the scriptures. We might come to realize that we are doing things the way we want to and not how God wants us to do.

So tell me. What is SIN?

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