Understanding the Nature of Sin. (Followed by the Top Ten Fears in America in 2022). Without understanding this Message, the rest will only increase:
As Christians, we believe sin is the root of all the evil we encounter. However, what exactly is sin? Is it something we do wrong, or is there more to it? Today, we will use Scripture to understand the nature of sin and evil and conceptualize it as more than just simple wrongdoing.
1. Sin can be understood as disobedience towards God's commandments. For example, the Bible instructs us not to steal or covet our neighbor's belongings. When we do these things, we are sinning. However, the nature of sin goes deeper than these physical acts. Romans 14:23 says, "Everything from when that does not come from faith is sin." This means that if there is even an element of doubt or disbelief in our actions, then it is considered sinful.
2. We can understand sin as a state of being. Psalm 51:5 says, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." This verse explains that sin is not just an act we commit but a part of our nature. We are born into sin because of the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Sin has been passed down from generation to generation, and we are all born with a sinful nature.
3. Sin can be seen as a desire that takes control of us. James 1:14-15 says, "But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." This verse illustrates that sin is not just an external force that acts upon us but rather something evil from within us. Our evil desires can take hold of us and lead us to commit sinful acts.
4. We can understand sin as an offense against God. Psalm 51:4 says, "Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight." This verse acknowledges that when we sin, we are not just committing a wrong against others but ultimately offending God. Sin separates us from God, and only through repentance and forgiveness can we be reconciled to Him.
Finally, we can understand sin as a condition that can be overcome. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have been given the power to overcome evil. Romans 6:11 says, "In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Through our faith in Christ, we can be free from sin's enslaving power and live a pleasing life to God.
Understanding the nature of sin is crucial in our walk as Christians. We have learned that sin is more than simple wrongdoing through Scripture. It is an act of disobedience, a state of being, a desire that takes control of us, an offense against God, and a condition that can be overcome through the power of Christ. May we all strive towards living a life that is free from sin and pleasing to God.
Top 10 Fears of 2022 % of Very Afraid or Afraid
1. Corrupt government officials 62.1
2. People I love becoming seriously ill 60.2
3. Russia using nuclear weapons 59.6
4. People I love dying 58.1
5. The U.S. becoming involved in another world war 56.0
6. Pollution of drinking water 54.5
7. Not having enough money for the future 53.7
8. Economic/financial collapse 53.7
9. Pollution of oceans, rivers, and lakes 52.5
10. Biological warfare 51.5