Sin is simple disobedience to God’s commands. Sin is wanting what we want and telling God we don’t care why He told us not to, we’re gonna have what we want. Sin is always saying, “Screw you God!” Many people are angry with God just because He calls something we want sin.
Angry at God…
I get angry with God sometimes. I tithe, I donate to the poor, to different organizations etc. and I think God could give me enough money to cover new bills or keep things from falling apart on a regular basis that keeps me from from breaking even every time I’m just about there. That’s okay…until I get jealous of the money my friends make. Or how unfair I think it is that some “raging sinner” celebrity makes boat loads of money, often for crap work. When I get covetous I’m sinning and I’m that same sinner as the anti-God celeb., the murderer and the adulterer, and on.
Many people I know or read about are very angry with God, mostly because of how people who claim to know God behave.
I’ve said I understand how many “Liberals” feel and I was told I don’t and that I generalize entire groups of people. But I still contend that I get why some woman would want an abortion, or why gay people want to get married or how anti-gun people think guns are more the problem than the people that use them illegally.
I get it but I don’t agree with the reasoning. Gay marriage is the biggest issue right now, one that I feel I hear about every day; news, radio, Facebook, twitter, etc. I hear it from people that HATE hate and cannot tolerate the intolerant. I still don’t get how that works. Chic-Fil-A owner says he believes in traditional marriage and instantly a firestorm of intolerance breaks out against him. Those that support his views (like me) are called hateful. If we say the Bible says homosexuality is a sin we’re told that is our “interpretation” and “if” that is what God means then God is hateful as well.
I get frustrated by all the hate from people that hate hate. We’re told not to bully, we’re asked to be loving and to accept all beliefs, but my belief is not accepted, often not loved and Christians in the USA are often bullied for expressing their views.
I would like to see some Biblical scripture from those Christians that say I’m “interpreting” the Bible wrong to believe that God calls homosexuality sin. Non-Christians usually point out other verses that are supposed to support their view that the God of the Bible is filled with rage and hate, but they won’t stay in a discussion long enough to consider the context, original language, culture or other scriptures that oppose their angry view.
A person I’m close to and love believes God is being unfair to homosexuals by calling their sexual relations sin. This person believes almost all other sins named in the Bible are sins, but is frustrated by that particular one.
I actually think it’s very simple to understand and that is to admit I don’t understand it. What I mean is, there are many laws in the Old Testament I don’t understand. A few years ago it was vogue in Christian writing to come up with all these real life consequences to sin. Eating pig back in the day could lead to certain diseases, “so that’s why God told the Jews not to eat pig”. So bogus. (I was a teen in the 80s, that’s how I talk). People eat pig all the time and couldn’t care less that pigs eat maggots, urine, rotted food, etc. And for the most part it doesn’t affect us physically. God did not call eating pig sin because there MIGHT be some sickness that COULD come along to SOME of the people that ate it. He wanted His people separate from the other nations, so He came up with laws and defined sins and told His people to obey Him for their own good, meaning He would bless them and that’s good. Why He made the eating of pig a sin, I don’t know, but He did. Thankfully for America Peter was given a vision where God told him we could eat it, the law had been fulfilled in Jesus, so our response to the laws could be different.
Some laws we didn’t need to obey anymore, but other we do. One could say it’s all a matter of interpretation, but I think that’s a lazy cop out.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
When we think about sin in the “you’re gonna pay for that” way, we can get confused. There’s the obvious consequences of adultery; it destroys relationships, but that’s only IF that adultery is found out. Is it sin if no one knows? Yes! God calls it sin, even if the only people that know are the adulterers and even if they’re “in love” and have very good reasons for not wanting to get divorced. Even if no-one on earth is ever hurt by their sinful relationship, it’s sin because God calls it sin.
There could be some connections to some laws and earthly, real time consequences, but the Bible repeatedly makes that point that sin is rebellion to God, not to other people. Many people today eat pigs, have lobster, have pre-marital sex, lie, cheat, steal and often get away with all of it without any consequences….here on earth. The real consequence is our relationship with God. So it comes back to my first statement, Sin is simple disobedience to God’s commands. Sin is wanting what we want and telling God we don’t care why He told us not to, we’re gonna have what we want. Sin is always saying, “Screw you God!”
So gay people and their supporters want to the definition of marriage changed because they not interested in how the Bible defines marriage. Supporters either say the Bible is being misinterpreted of if it does say that then God is hateful. The problem is that the concept of the entire Bible is to show God’s LOVE for us despite our constant rebellion. The hundreds of passages about His LOVE, His GRACE and His Mercy are ignored because if we can’t have what we want, or we don’t clearly understand why we can’t have what we want, then we don’t care what God says. Or we’ll just “re-interpret” what He says, OR “let’s just talk about something else.”
Someone asked me, “What are gay people supposed to do then?! Just not have sex?!” Well, believe it or not that is possible, and one won’t even die from it. I believe if a person truly desires God and gives their life to Christ and prays for the strength of the Holy Spirit, there’s MANY things we can live without. We can deal with any situation. For thousands of years many Christians just wanted to live peaceful lives and raise a nice family, instead they were tortured, their family enslaved and other family members killed. One could point to that and say’ That’s a cruel God you have” (and they do) BUT there’s lack of understanding that God’s love and mercy and grace may not be seen here during our measly few years on earth.
We are not given life here to make us happy, we’re given lives here to make us HOLY for the eternity coming.
English Standard Version (ESV)
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.