Episode 78: Sin: It's Not Breaking Arbitrary Religious Rules |

Big Bible Words, pt. 5

"Be a good little boy."


"Johnny, you know the rules ..."


"You know what company policy is!"


Rules. Some seem better than others. Some seem arbitrary. 


I think sometimes we think of sin in that context, and assume it's about breaking or keeping the rules ... and those rules might even be arbitrary religious rules or arbitrary divine laws. And if we don't want to get in trouble with God, we better keep the rules. 


But sin is more intrinsic and "organic" than that. That is, it has a lot more to do with our human nature and how we are made to function. And so, it's a poisoning and ruining of our very human operating system.

As such, it destroys us - individually and collectively. 

We know this. Just go to Amazon books and search for self-help. Tens of thousands of entries. We know something’s wrong with us… and we’re looking for help, for a solution. 

And so understanding the meaning of sin helps us understand our humanness and what's wrong with the world and what the solution to all of it is. 

Check out this episode to learn more. 

Scripture passages mentioned in this episode:

Romans 5:12-14, 17-18

12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. 18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 

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