What Are Sins

May 29, 2022 0 comments

What Are Sins

Sins are things we do that are direct disobedience to God's law. The problem of sin started from heaven when an angel called Lucifer decided to take over the seat and authority of God. 

The Bible said the sin of pride entered him. He was the most beautiful and most intelligent creature God made. He was also the choirmaster in heaven and had all the instruments of music created inside of him.

These special endowments made Lucifer believe that he was far better than others and that he could take God's place. He said, "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will be like the Highest." Isaiah 14:14. 

Lucifer convinced about one-third of the angels in heaven to join him in his evil plot. In the battle that followed, angel Michael led the angels of God to fight against the revolters.

The angels of God defeated Satan and his cohorts and sent them out of heaven. After being kicked out of paradise, Satan starts his devilish campaign against God by trying to lead man astray.

Satan possessed the serpent in the garden of Eden to deceive Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. He told Eve, "You will not surely die. For God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat of it, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4-5.

Eve obeyed him, ate the fruit, and gave his husband Adam, who was not there when Satan came visiting. The two of them later realized what they had done.

They have willingly surrendered the power and authority God gave them as creatures made in the image of God to Satan. They have made themselves to be subjects of Satan.

Unknown to them, they have rejected God as their Lord and chose Satan instead. That action gave birth to the nature of sin in them, which got transferred to all humanity.

Every act of disobedience ever done by man came from this nature.

Sins of Christianity

Sins of Christianity

Sins of Christianity or sins that Christianity has considered as the deadly sins a seven in number. All sins are harmful because the Bible says, "The wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23. And also, "All souls that sin shall die." Ezekiel 18:20.

That is enough to tell anyone that God does not categorize any sins as small or big, but as far as the Almighty God is concerned, all unrighteousness is sin and must be punished.

It is also interesting that the seven deadly sins are not recorded or listed in the Bible as categorized by men. Among several other wrongs committed by men, they are not termed more toxic than others.

The story of deadly sins started in the 4th century when a monk called Evagrius Ponticus came up with a message which described eight evils man must resist.

That message made the round for many years until a couple of centuries later. Pope Gregory 1 claimed they were seven sins and not eight.

Since that time, many Christian circles have believed in the seven deadly sins. These sins include;  pride,  envy,  wrath, gluttony, lust, sloth, and greed.

The truth is that these are sins indeed, but they are not more deadly than other sins in the Bible.

The danger of accepting the idea of deadly sins is that people who are free from them would see themselves as saints, though they may be committing other sins.

We should not seek to be free from these deadly sins alone but all sins. That is the will of God for us.

For the same reason, Jesus came into the world to seek and save those lost in sin.

The blood that He shed on the cross is the antidote to the problem of sin. It can cleanse us from all forms of evil and deliver us permanently from their consequences.

What is an Example of Sloth Sin

Many people believe that slothfulness means laziness. While this may be true, it is not entirely true.

Sloth sin goes beyond acts of laziness. Many people see it as deadly and more severe than laziness.

The sin of sloth has been classified into four parts: carelessness, unwillingness to act, half-hearted effort, and becoming discouraged quickly by any possible difficulty.

An excellent example of slothfulness in the Bible is the case of the children of Israel in the wilderness.

They had the privilege of knowing God and His power like no other people have done, but they abused the opportunity. God journeyed with them as pillars of cloud and fire and performed many great miracles in their midst.

These miracles include; parting the red sea, providing water in the wilderness, bringing down the wall of Jericho, stopping River Jordan, and providing manna which they ate for forty years before entering the Promised Land.

The children of Israel saw all these miracles, but they didn't see anything special about them. They are ready to blame Moses and God for their predicaments in the face of any little challenge.

It got to a stage where God said they would not enter the Promised Land, and He made them wander about for 40 years until all of them died.

It was their children that they gave birth to in the wilderness that God made to enter the land and possess it.

The Sin of Pride

The Sin of Pride

The sin of pride is one of the seven deadly sins. What makes this a grave sin is that those who are proud are ascribing the glory and honor that are God's to themselves.

God cannot tolerate the proud. He resists them and keeps them far from himself. A proud man will never give glory to God.

 An excellent example of the sin of pride in the Bible is that of Samson, a man endowed with extraordinary strength to war against the Philistines.

He was so powerful that he put the entire army of the Philistines to flight. He killed a thousand of them with the jaw bone of an ass, and the rest ran away. 

Because Samson saw himself as invincible, he became proud and disobedient to God's instructions. All of these made him take steps that made it easy for the enemies to discover the source of his strength.

Pride brought Samson down from grace to grass. Pride goes before a fall.

You can overcome the sin of pride by acknowledging God in everything you do. See Him as the power behind all that you are doing. See Him as the one that supplies all your needs.

It would help if you also gave him praise at all times. Jesus commanded the leper, who came back to give him thanks. The same thing God expects us to do. Hence He said in everything, give thanks.

The Cardinal Sin

The Cardinal sin is another name given to the seven deadly sins. It is an example of how Christians have tried to categorize sins based on their level of understanding of God's word

Many people have tried to find out whether God can forgive Cardinal sins. The answer is yes. All sins can be absolved according to Jesus Christ, except the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

God does not rejoice in the death of sinners, but He wants them to repent of their sins and be saved. That was why He came to the world.

The fact that Jesus loved sinners showed up in the book of John 8 when some people brought a woman caught in the sin of adultery to Him. Her accusers had wanted to stone her to death, following the law of Moses.

They also want to use the opportunity to make Jesus say what will contradict the word of God.

They told Him. "The law of Moses says she should be stoned to death. What do you say." Jesus, who knew their intention, did not fall for their trap.

He bent down and was writing with his finger on the ground. He then raised his head and said, "Whoever among you that have not sinned should stone her first."

When they hear that, the Bible says they were convicted in their hearts and left one after the other.

When all of them had left, Jesus looked at the woman and said, "where are your accusers." The woman answered, "they had left."

He responded, "neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more."

Jesus did not like the fact that the woman was a sinner, but He loved her as a person created in the image and likeness of God.

The power in the forgiveness given by Jesus is the secret to overcoming the Cardinal sin, and any other type of sin anyone might be committing.

Whoever the Son makes free shall be free indeed. God has ordained Jesus to be the savior of the world. He is the last Adam who has come to undo what the first Adam did in the garden of Eden.

That is the reason why He had to die and shed his blood. He took our place in judgment and suffered for the unjust.

We should not look at the Cardinal or the seven deadly sins, but we should look at Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who loved us so much that He willingly surrendered himself to be killed so that we could be free from all bondage to sin.

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