Monday, January 30th, 2012
The Worst Sin
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)
We see opinions of the 'worst sin' on billboards across America. Hellfire is added as the consequence. Therefore, I believe we should list some sins from the Bible and think about them. A good starting place is the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20:2-17).
This sin list is partial and paraphrased for the purpose of discussion.
1.Worshipping anything but God2.Making a 'thing' that we worship3.Speaking the Lord's Name without reverence4.Working on the Sabbath5.Dishonoring our parents6a.Murder6b.Hate (Jesus said it was the same as murder; see Matthew 5:21-22)7a.Adultery7b.Lust (Jesus said it was the same as adultery; see Matthew 5:27-28)8.Stealing9.Lying10.Wrongful desires
We are now adding 'six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him' (Proverbs 6:17-19).
11. A proud look
12. A lying tongue (repeated by God for emphasis)
13. Shedding innocent blood
14. Wicked plans
15. Chasing evil
16. False witness/malicious gossip
17. Sowing discord in a group
Consider some of the sins Jesus denounced.
18. Self-righteousness (see Matthew 9:13)
19. Hypocrisy (see the entire chapter of Matthew 13)
20. Bad teaching
21. Bad leading
22. Forgetting justice, mercy, and faith
25. Despising prophecy
Are there more sins? Many.
The conclusion? We all sin.
'There is none righteous, no, not one' (Romans 3:10). We are not qualified to judge others. 'There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?' (James 4:12).
As for the worst sin? My worthless vote would be torn between pride and condemnatory behavior that misrepresents Jesus.
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