What action or thought is “Sin?” Why?
Jesus taught that not only is adultery sin, but the very thought of participating in such is a sin. The truth carries into other actions and thoughts of the race. Such thoughts may center on money, family, prestige or possessions. The line you will see next may help you to get a handle on whatever form is catching your attention. Here’s the take on it from a church Father, whose Mother prayed for many years for his conversion to Jesus Christ. Before this, he was quite a womanizer.
“Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God.” Augustine of Hippo.
Augustine covers the total in one short statement. If you lie, cheat, or steal to gain something pronounced good by God, the moment you lie, cheat or steal, you forgo the blessing that comes with a good thing, and it becomes somewhat of a curse.
The timeline on sin’s progression is stated by James, an Apostle of Jesus Christ:
James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (NKJV).
The three verses are of value when counseling someone who is in the grip of a besetting sin. It takes away the theory of blame which goes like this: “If she were not dressed so provocatively, I would not have raped her!” Often a cousin of this defense is proffered by child molesters. The list could go on, but it will strongly lean on the claims made by God through James that sin is ones desire to engage in it and blame is NOT acceptable reason for forbidden actions.
Psychologist, Carl Rogers, in harmony with James said it this way:
“The only person who cannot be helped is that person who blames others.”
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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