The Condemned Sin

DSN9118-2-MMy latest issue of Scientific American Mind came yesterday. I love the magazine although it always takes an evolution stance, but it has a lot of great material.

This one is a special issue on “The Seven deadly Sins”. I haven’t read any of it yet, but I think it is interesting that the magazine is addressing the issue of the sin. I am looking forward to it. By the way, the list is not Biblical. It originated with Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century. The closest relative Biblically is a couple of places in Proverbs where is talks about things God hates. But it is a large jump from the Biblical to the papal.

But even science is realizing there is right and wrong behavior. Seems like the scientific world usually just tries to justify “sinful” behavior. In fact, somehow it says some things were sin and now aren’t. Society and culture determine what is right, wrong, ethical, unethical, acceptable and unacceptable. So where do we draw the lines, or redraw the lines? See the problem? Seems it isn’t about what God says, but the rules we make (and are open to revision).

Certainly sin is ugly. There is no description of it in which we can really say anything good. But I do get concerned with any preoccupation that sin will cause a person to be condemned. Maybe I have stated it before, but condemnation only happens when a person fails to believe in Jesus Christ; which means who he is and what he did.

We know the ‘Golden Text’ of the Bible, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” But we can’t stop there… verses 17 -18 … “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

Sin doesn’t necessarily condemn, but rather condemned people sin. Our responsibility is to love; God does. There is a lot more to this, (nobody likes a long blog) but at least (maybe) this will get you thinking; it has me.

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