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What is sin?

Discussion in 'Biblical Debates' started by Katzpur, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. energize

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    If you are implying that the commandments were given solely to the Israelites, then I partly agree with your statement, for it provides a better and more truthful interpretation of things.

    Consider this: Where there is no law there is no sin. Without law no sin can exist. The concept of law and "transgression of law", which is sin, is within the Jewish concept and not the Christian condemnation in/of original sin.

    The commandments of law given by Moses to the Israelites(sons of Jacob) were not given to any other people on earth. They were not given to the Moabites, Jebusites, Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, etc. "Sin" was defined as transgression of those commandments of law. How then, could any other people transgress laws they did not have? How then, could other people be declared as "sinners"? Without law they could not. Is the world then off the hook and free from bondage of "sin"? YES!
     
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  2. wmam

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    1Jo 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
     
  3. jewscout

    jewscout Religious Zionist

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    the result of activities and actions that take you away from G-d.
     
  4. Popeyesays

    Popeyesays Well-Known Member

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    A jew might say it is the breaking of the laws.

    A Christian might say it is being self=centered rather than God-centered.

    A muslim might say it is failure to give up one's own will and failure to submit to God's will.

    I would say it is all those things.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  5. nutshell

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    I think a basic definition of sin is doing something you know you shouldn't and not doing something you know you should.
     
  6. Songofmorning

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    Sin is the Transgression of God's Law. Interestingly enough, if there were no law then there would be no law to break, and therefore no sin (Romans 5:13)
     
  7. YmirGF

    YmirGF Bodhisattva

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    To this silly old oaf, sin is merely a concept designed to get us to be responsible for our own actions.

    For every action, there is a reaction. If you do not like the reaction your actions cause, perhaps you should rethink your actions. It is pretty drop dead simple.

    Sin and redemption simply muddy the waters and are merely a distortion of this simplicity.
     
  8. wmam

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    Why is it that some can take something so simple as the meaning of "sin" as it was first defined in the Truth and twist it in so many directions? I'll never understand the workings of satan and I thank YAH for that.
     
  9. Buttons*

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    sin is man-made.... (own personal belief)
     
  10. ChrisP

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    Sin is guilt personified.
     
  11. Searcher of Light

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    I divide sin into 3 different types of equal weight. Many of the types intersect each other depending on the action but not always.

    1) sin against God
    2) sin against self (1 Corinthians 6:18)
    3) sin against others. (1 Corinthians 8:11-13)

    There are times when the sinful action would intersect all 3, such as with adultery.

    As for what the word "sin" means:

    It is the willful, knowledgeable intent to behave or think in a fashion that violates ethicial and moral guides. Those guides can be set by God, oneself, society, or another person.

    The hook in this idea is a person can sin against another without knowing. Most people acknowledge this "sin of ignorance" as a "lesser" sin, but most will point out the violation in time.

    Knowledgeable sin, doing what a person knows is not right, is wicked because it violates a person's nature. Thus the conscience takes hold and blankets the mind with guilt. It is possible for a person to never sin against themselves if they have no conscience, but that does not negate the other 2 types of sin.

    Will God hold us to our ignorant sins or knowledgeable sins? That is not for us to say. As the one doing to wronging against Him, we dont have any right to say how we can "make up" for our sinfulness. This would be identical to doing something wrong to a person and then walking up to them and stating: "I am going to do this or this for you. Afterward, you will like me again." How much more ridiculous would this idea be with God?

    Forgiveness can never be demanded or earned; it can only be recieved.
     
  12. Mark1615

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    EXACTLY.
     
  13. Searcher of Light

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    Another definition of sin:

    sin is love.

    That is, loving anything more than one loves God. It is a misplaced love.
     
  14. wmam

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    Wouldn't that still be a transgression of the law?
     
  15. Ody

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    Sin is a knowing act that is against both the natural law, an action that harms a fellow human for no reason, and an action that hurts yourself that you do knowingly...:coffee:
     
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