Saturday, September 23, 2006

What is The World's Sin?

What causes sin? What is it that causes people to do that which is unrighteous, unholy, impure, and detestable? I believe Martin Luther got it right in coming to the conclusion that sin is caused by an unbelief in God. He drew this conclusion from the following verses:

"8 And when he comes, he will convince the world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world's sin is unbelief in me." (John 16:8-9, NLT).

Now Jesus is talking here, and the "he" Christ talks about is the Holy Spirit. As you can see in verse nine "The world's sin is unbelief in me." Oh come on! You might say, "lying has nothing to do with unbelief!" I beg to differ; if you really believe God knows when you lie you will be less inclined to do it. If we still do it we are not convicted enough of God's judgement. Or Jonah running away from God, Jonah did not believe God would know where he was, if he did I doubt he would have left home. Or, take for instance David and Bethsheba. If David really considered that God would know what he did in secret David probably would not have done it. We can see in every example how unbelief led to sin.

We can clearly see the cause of sin is unbelief in God. This unbelief (or doubt) is the opposite of faith. "So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith" (Hebrews 11:6, NLT). If we are unbelieving we are doing the exact opposite of what God wants us to do. And God wants the best for us. He wants us to live life satisfied. The problem is we are going to the wrong places to get satisfaction. We are going to psychics, astrologists, maybe even cryptozoologists to get satisfaction there and we are going there because we don't believe God will fill our thirst. But God has given us what we really want, we just need to go to Him for it. "Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "If you are thirsty, come to me!" (John 7:37, NLT) There isn't a more open invitation to be filled, and Jesus doesn't give us stagnant well water. He says "If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within." (John 7:38, NLT). Now rivers of living water! That is exciting, that is fulfilling, satisfying, and so much more! Anyone who wants to dupe you into a dry religion has got Christianity all wrong!

We can see our problems, I have realized that all sin comes from unbelief. Sin is not what God has planned for us. God has rivers of living water planned for us! Which is so much better then the shallow, stagnant wells the world would lead us to. Those wells will only lead to death, Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life throught Christ. I John 1:9 tells us "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (KJV). And Romans 10:9 tells us "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (KJV).

So we can repent of our sins, confess Jesus as Lord and accept Him as our risen Savior; or, one can continue drinking from stagnant, contaminated water. No matter how good that well water seems we all know that Living Water is better, and that is what Christ has promised.

3 Comments:

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Sat Sep 23, 03:59:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Lynn said...

I don't debate at all that we are sinners. There is a difference between sinning and mortal sin. All men are sinners. It is not because we do not believe. It is because we are carnal mortal men created in his likeness, yet unperfect. Only perfect is sinless. We will never be perfect because of the sin of Adam.
We can only strive to follow Christendom. To try our best. We will always have the true sin.
Mortal sin is a choice. And only when we sit before our God will we be judged.

Tue Sep 26, 01:03:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Administrator said...

Jesus said in John 16:9 "The world's sin is unbelief in me." (NLT).

I'm not sure what you mean by saying that "We will always have the true sin." ? I do not believe, as is the stance of some, that grace is an excuse to sin. That is not Biblical. I'm not sure if that is what you meant or not.

I agree that when we sit before God we will be judged. But if one lives through all life an unrepentent sinner never accepting Christ I can show you in The Bible what the verdict will be.

God bless you and thanks for the comment.

Tue Sep 26, 02:59:00 PM 2006  

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