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.

Would God take the life of a loved one to admonish the sin that another person is involved in?

Because I do not know what might lie behind your question, all I can do is respond in a general way. Your question has me think of how God worked in the lives of David and Bathsheba. God’s determination was that the child conceived and born from their adulterous relationship would die (2 Samuel 12:14-18). 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.

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