What is Sin?

I've heard so many competing definitions, and I'd really like to have a solid answer--what is sin?

Can Christians live above it?
Are Christians forgiven when they do it?
Do Christians lose salvation when they commit it?

If you've a good answer, please share it.

JeffLogan's picture

What about the primary thread question of sin?

You still did not answer that question. Maybe that would help too.

BTW, scripture teaches that we receive the benefits of Christ's sacrifice by faith and not by works. The gospel is perverted when human works are introduced as a requirement for receiving a gift which is bestowed by faith only. That gift must come by faith only because prior to being reconciled to the Father we are at war with Him and not capable of submitting to His will. It is only after we believe that Jesus has cleared our debt is our conscience free from the guilt of condemnation and we experience the love of God in our heart in appreciation for that free gift. That is the reconciliation spoken of in scripture. We do not reconcile ourselves, it is the work of Christ. Yet, we are not aware of God's forgiveness until we behold the Lamb of God slain for our sins and then believe that it benefits us personally. There is no human merit in any of this legal transaction.

Imagine yourself, for a moment, standing before the mercy seat of God alongside of Christ pleading your case. There stands Jesus with His blood that was spilt for you. And there you stand beside Him. What do you have to show for yourself that equals or exceeds His offering? Not one thing! You would be laughed out of the courts of heaven.

So if I am right then there must be another reason for human suffering. But that we will have to address elsewhere. What do you think? Anyone want yet another thread?

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