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How Do You Choose to “See” Sin?

photo courtesy lizcurtishiggs.com
photo courtesy lizcurtishiggs.com

I got into a discussion the other day where the conversation moved into whether or not there was a hierarchy to the sins that man commits. Of course, a few people brought out the well-worn, “well, sin is sin because the bible says that we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God.”

Which is true.

But then someone else brought up, “of course there’s a difference in sins. The Old Testament also brings up how some offenses are punishable by banishment, some by stoning, and so on.”

Which is also true.

Now what do you do?

What do you think? Is there a difference in sins? And, from whose perspective are we looking? From whose perspective should we be looking? Continue reading How Do You Choose to “See” Sin?

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I’m Curious: Sin = Loving God ?

photo courtesy Stanford.edu
photo courtesy Stanford.edu

 

My curiosity was piqued the other day as I was reading a morning devotional. The text was from Genesis chapter 6 on the story of Noah, and the commentary included the following statement:

Saying that Noah was “righteous” and “blameless” does not mean that he never sinned. Rather, it means that Noah wholeheartedly loved and obeyed God.

 I’m curious; how does one reconcile sin to wholeheartedly loving and obeying God?

I have some thoughts and ideas. But I would like some feedback from others before I wade in on the discussion.

(Also, this “I’m Curious”-type of post is something I would like to do more often, especially if I get any type of good feedback or discussion going on some of these topics.)

NEVER be afraid to question!

Do As I Say . . .

Every morning in my email, I get a daily scripture verse sent to me and several others within our church family, from a friend and former home group member.  Today’s verse seemed apropos for some of the things I’ve been thinking about myself lately (and, unfortunately others as well).  Maybe it will hit home with you as well:

Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19 ESV)
 
Some of those in the crowd were experts at telling others what to do, but they missed the central point of God’s laws themselves. Jesus made it clear, however, that obeying God’s law is more important than explaining it. It’s much easier to study God’s laws and tell others to obey them than to put them into practice.
How are you doing at obeying God yourself?

Quote ~ A Candle Being Burned

“We are a candle in our home countries.  We are being burned in order to bring light to our communities.”

~ An indigenous Christian missionary who recently visited Real Life Ministries and who would only give his first initial, last name, and general area of Southeast Asia as his community, on why he does what he does in such a highly persecuted area of Muslim and Buddhist influence.