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Defining sin

November 14, 2007

What is sin? According to some dictionaries it is: transgression of divine law, any act regarded as such a transgression, esp. a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle, or any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.

Do we as Christians sometimes minimize what we classify as sin? Do we believe that unless the Bible clearly says something is wrong that it is not a sin?

Recently I have been reading over some other verses and have been reflecting a lot more on the second and third definitions of sin. For example in these verses, sin appears to be lack of faith and doing something that causes another to stumble.

  • Romans 14:23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
  • 1 Corinthians 10: 32-33 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God – even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

Are we responsible when someone gets offended or hurt by our actions, even if those actions are not a “transgression of divine law”? If so, how can we seek the good of many in a healthy way where we are not subject to the moods, attitudes, and sins of others? How can we balance our needs, the needs of the many, and the needs of someone who might be in the minority in their feelings or views as compared with others?

This requires a tough balance and a heart that desires after loving people and caring for them as God does.

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  1. June 5, 2008 1:54 pm

    nowadays i feel like a lot of people worry about how they look in front of people and not worried about how god thinks of them… if no one sees it, its not a sin. and a lot of people, care about other people just to convert them into a christian and forget that we should love others like how god loved us, not with our capacity, but with gods heart and love pouring out from us.

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