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Faith Filled Friday: What is Sin all About?

April 23, 2021

By Connie Terpack April 23, 2021

Sin is mentioned approximately 336 times in the Old Testament and 112 times in the New Testament. The count varied slightly in different versions: New International Version (NIV) had OT: 347 and NT: 127; and the New Revised Standard Version (NRST) had OT: 297 and NT: 121 Also keep in mind that the variations of the ‘sin’ word will naturally increase the count. I was a little surprised that the count was not higher.

We are told not to sin. As a Christian we definitely do not need to sin, nor should we. So what is it that we are not supposed to do?

Sin is anything that is contrary to God’s will. The sin nature is present in all of us. It can be rebellion, stubbornness, or outright disobedience. Sin is the cause of all pain, hurt, confusion, and doubt in the world. It distorts our hearts and obstructs our view of God. This distances us from God, putting a barrier between us.

Psalm 51 is David’s psalm of repentance. I particularly liked verses 10-12.

God gave us the Ten Commandments.

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Exodus 20:4

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Exodus 20:7

4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8-11

5. Honor thy father and thy mother. Exodus 20:12

6. Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14

8. Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Exodus 20:16

10. Thou shalt not covet. Exodus 20:17

Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment in John 13:34: A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Not obeying the commandments would be one way of sinning. How many times have you taken an extra ten minutes for lunch or come in five minutes late every morning? You’re stealing time from your boss, but most of us don’t think of that. Do you take supplies for your home use figuring the company won’t miss them?

Nowadays, many people dismiss God and say that he is not real, but still will take his name in vain. Yet that is not considered a sin because it’s their right.

What do you think sin is?

Note: 1) GotQuestion.org has a lot of posts about sin.

2) I use a King James Bible so all my references are for that version unless otherwise noted.

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