Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Call to Self-Examination for the Sake of God's Glory: Introduction

Introduction

Sin. What is your first reaction to the sight, sound or thought of this word? Do you scoff at the term thinking it an antiquated legal term relevant only to the men of the past who drained the blood of bulls and lambs in an attempt to drain their own guilt? Perhaps you acknowledge that sin is "bad," and recognize that you need to deal with it, but feel that it is impossible to ever accomplish any significant victory over known, reoccurring sins and thus you have, to a large degree, given up on fighting it? Maybe you are of the sort that jokes about your sin as an attempt to show others that you are humble or "just like them?" When you see this word do you think of yourself first, or someone else? Does this word cause sorrow that leads you into self-centeredness and thus pity and depression instead of God-centeredness and thus victory, joy, hope and more faith?

At it's very root, what is sin and therefore how should we respond to it? In the following posts I would like to take a serious look at what the Bible clearly and vividly says about what sin is, and from that extrapolate how we should view and respond to the presence of sin in our life and the lives of others. In this series I hope to clearly and vividly show the serious, gross, despicable, vile nature of sin and why we should all take serious, Biblical and God enabled steps to rid ourselves of every semblance of it so far as God gives us the power to do so.

In the next post I will begin this discussion by answering the question, "What does the Bible most clearly teach that sin is?" In defining what the Bible says sin is, that will naturally, I hope, cause us to respond to it as we should and thus I will move into what the Bible says about how we must respond to sin. I hope you will join me in this discussion with your comments and questions.

3 comments:

N.E. Nelson October 29, 2009 at 2:05 PM  

I look forward to your next post.

Matt October 29, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

sin
1.transgression of divine law: the sin of Adam.
2.any act regarded as such a transgression, esp. a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle.
3.any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great fault or offense: It's a sin to waste time.

I don't accept the premise implicit in definition 1, and I qualify my acceptance of the term in 2, and definition 3 is synonymous bad, and to have meaning must be used in context.

Joseph Mancuso October 29, 2009 at 11:52 PM  

Matt

These are great dictionary definitions, but I plan to work on what the Bible itself says sin is. One can, if they choose, reject the Bible and thus reject it's definition of sin, but this discussion is not about the inerranncy or divine authorship of scripture. This discussion presupposes those two things and is going to attempt to concisely define what the Bible ultimately defines sin as, not what Merriam Webster, dictionary.com or Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stay tuned.