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The Doctrine of Sin

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What is Sin?
Sin is best described as anything that separates us from God, whether it be an action, or the lack of one. This may mean doing something, but not meeting God's standard (for example, trying to live a perfect life but failing to do so [Romans 3:23]), or breaking God's Law by doing something we know is not right (murder, theft, adultery, swearing, blasphemy, etc). These actions, throughout the Bible are described as poisonous (psalm 140:3), stubborn (Job 11:12), cruel (Daniel 7:5), destructive (Joel 2:25), unclearn (Proverbs 26:11), cunning (Luke 13:32), fierce (John 10:12), devouring (Psalm 22:13), and filthy as swine (2 Peter 2:22).

The Effects of Sin?
Sinning creates a barrier between us and God, as with our sin we lose God's light (1 John 1:6), joy (Psalm 51:12), peace (1 John 3:4-10), fellowship (1 John 1:3-7), and confidence (1 John 3:19-22). In other words, our sins take us from being a "healthy" Christian who can be confident in sharing God's Word, while overjoyed with the blessings he has; to one who becomes shy and without peace. And in some cases, sin has been the cause of a decline in physical health, or even death (1 Corinthians 5:17).

How did Sin Originate?
There are two main origins of sin, one into the universe (the first act of sin), and then into the world (the first act of sin by man).

According to Ezekiel 28:1-19, Isaiah 14:12-15, Like 10:18, 1 John 3:8, and Revelation 12:3-4; a powerful angel named Lucipher led a revolt against God Himself, with hopes of overthrowing Him and claiming the Holy Throne for himself. While Lucipher's attempt failed, his actions created a new element- separation between himself and God, or what we call "sin."

Now, while Lucipher created sin in the universe, he did not introduce it in the world. Instead he "tempted" Adam and Eve, who by themselves decided to put their desires above God's commandments, again separating themselves from God, the Garden of Eden, and eternal life. By eating the forbidden fruit, they allowed sin to enter God's new creation.

The Nature of Sin
Perhaps the most dangerous personality of sin, is that it must disguise itself to appear right in some form or manner. These disguises include the idea that you are doing something to help someone else out (I'm only stealing this radio because my friend doesn't have one), helping out ourselves (everyone else has a radio), or helping out the world in general (people would be a lot better off without religion). With all of these actions, the person must create a new standard that specifically identifies their action as allowable.

Thankfully, sin is not eternal, and will be defeated by an ultimate and final victory of Christ. This is shown by 1 Corinthians 15:25-28, Hebrews 12:22-24, 2 Peter 3:7-13, and Revelations 20:11-15.

How do I keep Myself from Sinning?
There are three very powerful things that can help prevent us from sinning, however, we must make the conscious choice to allow them to take action. They are God's Holy Word [the Bible] (John 15:7), the intercession of Christ (Romans 8:34), and the ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). To use an old phrase, "When sin comes a knocking... the Bible does the stopping." It is through God, and only by God that we can resist the temptations of sin. And remember, God says that He will not allow us to be tempted by anything we cannot overcome, so when we do sin, we are without excuse.

Job 11:12
[12] For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Daniel 7:5
[5] And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

Joel 2:25
[25] And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

Proverbs 26:11
[11] As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Luke 13:32
[32] And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

John 10:12
[12] But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

Psalms 22:13
[13] They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

2 Peter 2:22
[22] But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

1 John 1:6
[6] If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

Psalms 51:12
[12] Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

1 John 3:4-10
[4] Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. [5] And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. [6] Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. [7] Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. [8] He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. [9] Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. [10] In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

1 John 1:3-7
[3] That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. [4] And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. [5] This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. [6] If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: [7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 3:19-22
[19] And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. [20] For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. [21] Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. [22] And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 Corinthians 5:17

John 15:7
[7] If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Romans 8:34
[34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

John 7:37-39
[37] In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. [38] He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. [39] (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

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