Questions on Sin

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I know that sex before marriage is a sin, but where is this clearly stated in the Bible? When approached with this question previously, the only verses I could recall refer to "sexual immorality" or "adultery." Where is premarital sex defined as adultery and sexual immorality?

Instead of seeking a Bible verse that explicitly says something like, “Sex between two unmarried people is sin,” you would do better to approach the whole issue as the Bible does. God establishes marriage and then says to those being joined together in marriage that they are to be intimately united and that they also Continued.

Are some sins worse than others?

Since God created us to love him perfectly, and to love our neighbor as himself, any failure to love in heart, word, or action is the equivalent of shattering the whole law of God. James tells us that in the second chapter of his epistle, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at Continued.

How would you respond to the idea that because Adam and Eve were made in God's image, so all people have God's image in them? Was God's image in Adam and Eve completely destroyed by their fall into sin, so they couldn't pass any parts of God's image on to the rest of the world?

Being created in the image of God meant that Adam and Eve were holy, they had perfect knowledge of God’s will, and their wills were entirely aligned with God’s will.  After the fall into sin, the Bible tells us Adam had a child in his likeness and image, not God’s (Genesis 5:1-3).  Since the fall Continued.

I am very concerned for my salvation. I know that Jesus died on the cross to forgive us our sins, however, many years ago I committed adultery and got a divorce. I fear that breaking one of God's Ten Commandments is a sin punishable by damnation to hell. Would God forgive me for this sin?

You are correct in some of the things you say or imply: Yes, adultery is a sin against the Ten Commandments; and, yes, like any and all other sins it is punishable by damnation in hell. It seems that you understand these truths and have taken them seriously. I am thankful for that. You are, Continued.

Can you sin if you don't choose whatever sin it is? In a recent interview on TV, someone made the comment that "It can only be a sin if you choose it."

For starters, sin is not limited to things that people do or do not do (sins of commission or sins of omission).  Sin is our natural condition  (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12, 18-19). Sin is not limited to those thoughts, words or actions that people “choose” to do.  Consider the apostle Paul’s struggles with his sinful Continued.

Was it sinful for America's founding fathers to rebel against England and wage war?

Yours is a short question that requires a long answer and probably too long of an answer for this forum. In short, not all the actions of the colonists can be lumped together into a category of “right” or “wrong.”  There was mob violence in some areas that was clearly sinful disobedience.  In other places Continued.

Our God created everything. Did God create sin, or is sin a contradictory of good that is by chance?

God created everything, and at the end of the sixth day of creation he pronounced everything “very good” (Genesis 1:31).  All was perfect in God’s creation.  Sin was absent. At some point thereafter angels rebelled against God and were cast into hell (2 Peter 2:4).  Through Satan’s temptation in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Continued.

Can you sin if you don't choose whatever sin it is? In a recent interview on TV, someone made the comment that "It can only be a sin if you choose it."

For starters, sin is not limited to things that people do or do not do (sins of commission or sins of omission).  Sin is our natural condition  (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12, 18-19). Sin is not limited to those thoughts, words or actions that people “choose” to do.  Consider the apostle Paul’s struggles with his sinful Continued.

Was it sinful for America's founding fathers to rebel against England and wage war?

Yours is a short question that requires a long answer and probably too long of an answer for this forum. In short, not all the actions of the colonists can be lumped together into a category of “right” or “wrong.”  There was mob violence in some areas that was clearly sinful disobedience.  In other places Continued.

Are there unforgivable sins, and how do I forgive myself?

The Bible speaks of an unforgivable sin.  It is the sin against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:22-32).  That sin amounts to a permanent and malicious rejection of the Holy Spirit’s work.  That sin is unforgivable because that permanent and malicious rejection of the Holy Spirit cuts off people from the Spirit, who alone can connect Continued.

I recently read an article discussing capital punishment and if it still applies today. The article shows how Genesis 9:6, which reads “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind," has abiding authority even today. The author claims that this command by God demonstrates the sacredness of human life. My question is the following: does this mean that God does, in fact, view some sins as worse than others?

All sin is worthy of God’s condemnation (Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:10).  The Bible makes it clear that sinful thoughts are violations of God’s holy law as are sinful actions (Matthew 5:28; 1 John 3:15).  God’s allowance for harsh punishment of those who break the fifth commandment by murder—even today (Romans 13:4)—illustrates his will that people Continued.

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