A Faith Journey of a Common Man
Author: faith soldier

Chapter 3
-Law & Sin-

Romans 2:12 - All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.

 

 

The time will then come for my child to go into this sinful world to make her own decisions. The problem is for a parent that when this happens at this point, the child is out of their control. It is up to the child to make their own decisions, and we hope and pray faithfully that they will. This is the way God intended life for His children. This is what we call “Free Will”. He gives to all the ability to make our own decisions-whether they are good or bad. In the end it all boils down to either to accept Him or deny Him. We make the same decisions with our parents. They set rules and guidelines for us to follow.  Either we obey or disobey, but by disobeying there are consequences.

James 4:12 - There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy.

Like a good Father, God established guidelines to follow for His children to know right from wrong.  He considers these guidelines “Laws”.  We do not have to read the Bible to know when we break these “Moral Laws”   they are already written on your heart.

Hebrews 10:15-16 - The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."

This is what you call your conscience.  When you do something that is not appropriate in the Lords view, there is a feeling that comes over you – knowing that the feeling or deed which you are going to do or have done is morally unacceptable.  This actually works in an opposite way when you complete a deed or thought that is of high standard of morality.  You tend to have a feeling of goodness within you.  Plain and simple – you feel good about yourself.

We all have to come to an agreement within ourselves that we are all sinners.  It is human nature.  We are all born of sin through Adam and Eve.  God instructed Adam not to eat from the tree, for if he did, death was the ultimate consequence:

Genesis 2:17 - but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

After Adam and Eve ate from the tree, with the serpents (Satan) influence of course, God asked Adam if he ate from the tree, Adam put the blame on the woman, Eve put the blame on the serpent, but the bottom line is that they did what God told them not to do.  So the effect of eating of the tree is death:

Genesis 3:19 -  By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

This is the beginning of where sin derived. It was based on a command by God, not following it, and a lie told by Satan, when he said to Eve:

Genesis 3:1-4  - 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' "

 4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman.

It gives us our sinful natures, in this sinful world.  Ever since then, Satan has had control of the world.

1 John 5:19 - We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Let’s now take a closer look at Law and Sin. Sin is transgression of the law or simply putting it breaking or violating the law.  In the Bible Paul was having trouble understanding what sin exactly was until he gives an example in the below passage:

Romans 7:7 - What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."

We have all broken the law.  This is what makes all of humankind sinners.  Examples of Gods Law, which in the Bible are The 10 Commandments, The Decalogue, or The Divine Law.  They are listed twice in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Though the Old Testament lists over 600 Laws – included are dietary guidelines, laws of nature, sacrificial animal regulations, and how to live as a community, The Ten Commandments are written upon our hearts.

 

Exodus 20:1-17

The Ten Commandments

 And God spoke all these words:

 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

1 You shall have no other gods before me.

2 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

3 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

4   Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

5 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

6 You shall not murder.

7 You shall not commit adultery.

8 You shall not steal.

9 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10 You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Many people believe that since these Laws were in the Old Testament, and when Jesus came, He abolished them, which is not true.  If this were true, then I guess murdering someone is OK to do?  We cannot justify for ourselves what is morally acceptable.  We cannot pick and choose which commandments apply to us.  According to:

Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

There is a difference.  If Jesus was the son of God as he claimed to be, he will be the only one capable of ever living a sinless life.  By not breaking any of the Commandments and His virgin mother’s immaculate conception excludes Him from being born of sin from Adam and Eve.

Luke 1:30-35 - 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." 34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" 35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God.

 This would be why he can make this powerful statement.  Let’s examine each of the Ten Commandments briefly and see if it is possible to keep them.

  

1 You shall have no other gods before me

- In this day and age can we honestly tell ourselves that we have put God first in our lives?  By saying gods, this can mean money, job, hobby, drugs, alcohol, etc.. – Anything that you put before God in your life can be considered a God.

2 You shall not make for yourself an idol

- Idolatry can be defined as creating your own image of God in your mind that you are more comfortable with.  A simple statement by saying “God would not do that”, can be characterized by idolatry.  How do you know what God would or would not do?  It is like you are playing God, making decisions to justify how you think, not God.  To get to know the One and Only True God, we need to read the bible and learn how His personality really is.

3 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God

–Have you ever taken the Lords name in vein?  Have you ever blamed God for misfortune in your life?  Have you really looked into what the cause of what your problem is and found that you are to blame, and not God?

4 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy

–Six days a week we are required to work.  We should take one day out of seven to reflect on God and pay tribute and praise to Him for all that He has given and provided for us.

5 Honor your father and your mother

–Looking back on your life, can you say that you have always “honored” your parents?  This requirement does not exempt you from your days when you were a youth.

 6 You shall not murder

–Murdering someone in Gods eyes can have two meanings. The physical act of taking one’s life, or a simple thought of hate.  Jesus said:

1 John 3:15 - Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

7 You shall not commit adultery.

–A marriage is a solemn vow to God to remain faithful to your life long partner.  Breaking the covenant is a sin.  Adultery can also be as simple as a “thought” when you are not married.  Jesus said:

Matthew 5:28 - But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

8 You shall not steal.

–No matter how small the item is in value, if it does not belong to you and you willfully take it, or taking someone’s idea, and getting credit for it, you are a thief.

9 You shall not give false testimony

–Have you ever told a lie, even a small one?  White lies are still lies.  A lie is a lie, it does not matter how many or how little you justify it to be. 

Revelation 21:8 - But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

 

10 You shall not covet

–Have you ever desired something that did not belong to you?  In this day and age everyone has looked at someone and wanted what they have.  A house, car, fame, money, it does not matter, it is coveting.

 

Now that we have looked at the 10 Commandments, there are two that are not listed in the original Ten, but if we follow them we will not have to even look at the rest.  If we truly follow them, all other commandments will be kept.  Jesus said:

Matthew 22:37-39 - Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

Now a prideful person may say that he or she may have only broken a couple of the laws, but the below passage clearly states:

James 2:10 - For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

If you consider yourself as a good person, keep in mind this:

Mark 10:18 - "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone.

 Do you think that by doing good deeds for others will justify you as a good person?

Isaiah 64:6 – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

A couple more passages to ponder:

1 Corinthians 5:11 – But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

1 Corinthians 6:10 –nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

  

The Seven Deadly Sins

I am sure you have heard the term of the seven deadly sins. There is a common misconception that these are listed in the Bible. The truth is, is that they are not.  It is a man scented message, developed by a fourth century monk by the name of Evagrius Ponticus.  There were originally eight listed, and known as “evil thoughts”. They were as follows: gluttony; fornication; avarice; sorrow; anger; discouragement; vainglory; pride.  Later on the modern Roman Catholic Catechism adopted them as “sins” and cut the list down. The current list is Pride, Greed, Envy, Anger, Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth.  There are many words out there can “lead to sin.”  The Catholic Church established these as the “deadliest”.

Though I am not Catholic, if we analyze each one briefly, we can learn from the Bible that they can lead to sin. 

Pride

Can be defined as being proud, which can lead to the act of being boastful.  Here are two passages of what the bible teaches us about pride, or being boastful.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 - 1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

James 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

Greed

Can be defined as a selfish and excessive desire.  Here are 2 passages of what the bible teaches us about greed.

Luke 12:15 - Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

Colossians 3:5 - Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

 Envy

Can be defined as painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage. Here are 2 passages of what the bible teaches us about Envy.

Proverbs 14:30 - A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 23:17 - Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD 

 

Anger

Can be defined as an intense emotional state of displeasure with someone or something. Here are 2 passages of what the bible teaches us about anger.

James 1:20 - for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

Ephesians 4:26 - "In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

Lust

Can be defined as an intense or unbridled sexual desire. Here are 2 passages of what the bible teaches us about Lust.

Matthew 5:28 - But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

1 Thessalonians 4:4-5 - that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;

Gluttony

Can be defined as excess in eating or drinking or greedy or excessive indulgence. Here are 2 passages of what the bible teaches us about Gluttony.

Proverbs 23:2 - and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.

Proverbs 23:20-21 - Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Sloth

Can be defined as an inclination not to do work or engage in activities or laziness.  Here is a passage of what the bible teaches us about Sloth.

Hebrews 6:12 - We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

 

When I look back on all that I have read and written, I can honestly say that in my past, I have broken all of the Ten Commandments, and felt all of the 7 deadly sins or evil thoughts within my heart.  When I died my physical death, I pictured myself in eternal torment (Hell) separated from God forever. How am I to raise a child with my moral so low?  Now let me ask you a question – Can you honestly admit to yourself that if you were judged by Gods standards, do you still consider yourself a good person and are worthy enough to enter Gods kingdom after your physical life?  If so, you are a Saint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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