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The Bible On Trial

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One of my mothers famous statements to me was, "God hates the sin, not the sinner". And this is true, from her understanding of 'sin'. To her, sin was doing anything that separated you from God. And this idea came directly from the pastor of the church we attended as a family. Again, it is true, as far as it goes.

But my concept of sin has changed a bit since I was a child. Then, sin was doing a 'bad' thing that disappointed my parents. This is as it should be, when a child is young. But sin takes on a more sinister meaning as we grow older, and learn more about sin; and learn by experimenting and doing. I was told by my parents, pastors and teacher that sinning was inevitable, but that God would love me in my sin, and in spite of it.

Today I know better.

Sin is what keeps us out of the Kingdom of God, because in THAT kingdom there is NO sin at all. But not just any sin such as cheating on our taxes to pay less. This sin is not a sin of omission, that is, forgetting to do something we said we would do. This sin is not a sin of commission, such as saying an invective when we hit our thumb with a hammer, instead of the nail we were trying to drive in a board. This sin is saying to God, "My sins don't matter to you, because I was told that by someone in authority in my church; so you can't punish me for that". It is saying to God, "I can sin, because you have not sent me your Holy Spirit to prevent me from doing it". It is saying to God, "The Holy Spirit told me that you will love me no matter what I do that is against your Covenant".

THESE THINGS ARE SIN. But the big sin is claiming that God sent His Holy Spirit to teach me a lie as if it is the truth, and that I wll not be held accountable for that belief. This is what many Christians believe by Faith. Don't believe it.

 

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