February 9, 2014

What Is Sin? – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“Whoever sins is guilty of breaking God’s law, because sin is a breaking of the law.” (I John 3:4) TEV

The Bible warns that sin is real. It is serious and it has serious consequences.

“…the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

“The person who sins will die.” (Ezekiel 18:20).

Our judicial system was based on the assumption that we have a basic knowledge of right and wrong. Supreme Court Justice, Hugo L. Black said, …

“It is my belief that there are ‘absolutes’ in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what words meant, and meant their prohibitions to be ‘absolutes.’” New York University Law Review, April 1960.

According to the journal Therapy, “Insanity is a legal term pertaining to a defendant’s ability to determine right from wrong when a crime is committed.” In other words, our courts have held that those who do not have a basic sense of morality (a knowledge of right from wrong) are considered legally insane. Unfortunately, their number is multiplying.


With an awareness of right and wrong comes guilt, designed to drive us toward repentance. Far too many stubbornly balk and refuse to travel that path. But, how do they deal with their sin problem? They just deny, and attack anyone who disagrees. Many, today, follow the course of those rebuked by Isaiah.

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; …” (Isaiah 5:20).

We hear the proud skeptics challenge, “Who is to say what is right and wrong?” The answer, of course, is God. However, if they deny God, this question cannot be reasonably answered. Influenced by such “thinking,” even our U.S. Supreme Court now has implied that there are no “absolutes.”

“Striking down the judicial precedent that established the legal supremacy of right over wrong more than two centuries ago, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned Right v. Wrong.

“The landmark reversal—a bitterly contested 5-4 decision that has been widely praised by murderers, rapists, bigots, usurers, and pro-wrong advocates nationwide—nullifies all previously lawful forms of right and makes it very difficult for Americans to make ethical decisions or be generally decent human beings without facing criminal charges.”    The Onion, Jan 18, 2012

At the heart this tragic foolishness is the denial of a Creator, a God who has the right to define sin. It is Creator who has the right to judge sin. The one who spoke this universe into existence has justly infused the basics of His law into our hearts together with a sense of yearning for truth and awareness of eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

“For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them,” (Romans 2:14-15)

It is this infused awareness of sin that weighs on the conscience of every honest heart. Our merciful God has provided a perfect solution in the sacrifice of His Son. He has revealed a perfect plan and invites all to the feast of forgiveness from the heavy consequence of the reality of sin.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)



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