Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sin - is our definition too small?

What is sin? Are there some things that are sin while others are just errors? Take for example: impatience. Is it always a sin to be impatient? What if it drives you to prayer? What if it drives you to anger? Or take deceit as an example. We know that deceit is a sin. Well what about faking someone out in basketball? You've just deceived them by making them think you were doing one thing when really you were doing something else. Is that a sin? These are tough questions.

It kinda seems easier for me to deal with the impatience one. We see in numerous places in Scripture that we are commanded to be patient (Eph. 4:2; I Thess. 5:14; James 5:7). It seems clear that impatience is a sin. If it drives you to prayer, that's fantastic! That's what ought to happen no matter what sin we fall into. If it drives you to anger, it seems like you've just fallen deeper into sin. This is a tough subject.

Anyone have thoughts?

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