Reflection Paper About Sin

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Sin has been a part of human life since the fall of man in Genesis 3:1-8. This fall separated humanity from God, and released evil into the world that God created. For Christians, sin is not only a physical act, it is a cosmological barrier between God and man. I believe that sin has power and influence in the world. If it did not, Adam and Eve would not have been tempted. Therefore, I also believe that the only reason our sinful natures do not consume us is because Jesus offers us a way out of sin, destruction, and death. Jesus’s death was both an offering and a sacrifice, and His crucifixion provided the atonement for all sins for all time. Despite this atonement, humans are far from free from sin. We battle temptation and sin every second …show more content…
Many people place sins on a hierarchy from “white lies” or unimportant sins to “big” sins. This entraps many believers, including myself. It is ridiculously easy to compare something you have done to mass murder and conclude that your sins are substantially less sinful that other’s sins. This rationalization is counteracted in James 2:10-11. In this passage, James teaches that if a person commits one type of sin, he or she is guilty of all types of sin. James reminds his audience that all laws flow from one source, God. Therefore, if you reject one law of God, you reject all laws of God. For us, this means that our sins are all equally weighted, all lead to death, and all require the same amount of forgiveness and mercy from …show more content…
This is often applied to addictions; an addict will justify their sin by telling themselves that they will never commit this sin again. This promise is also a rebellion against the Holy Spirit because it implies that we can fix ourselves, we can stop through our own will, we can resist temptation with our human strength. This denies Jesus’s offer to walk through temptation with us, and it ignores His gift of the Holy Spirit to strengthen our souls. Jesus is clear that the only way to overcome our sinful selves is by relinquishing control and allowing His sacrifice to cover our sins. I believe that the only way to God is through Jesus and His cross, and that all other paths will lead to death and more

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