Christianese Defined: Sin

Christianese Defined: Sin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGod is holy and perfect. Hence His standard for living is holiness and perfection. It is impossible for us to be perfect and everyone knows it. Anyone who is honest with themselves admits to not being perfect. This imperfection we all experience on a daily basis is what the Bible is talking about when it refers to "sin".The word "sin" actually comes from a Greek word that was used as a measurement in archery. Essentially people would measure the distance from where the arrow hit the target to the bulls-eye in sins. Imperfection...get it? However, author Randy Newman in his book Questioning Evangelism states that the archery analogy is an incomplete one (and I agree with him). He gave me permission to quote him:“Sin is simply missing the mark,” they say. “The same Greek word for sin is used as an archery term, so we’re all just ‘target-missers.’”Well, the same Greek word might be used, but the two concepts couldn’t be further apart. When the Bible describes the nature of our rebellion against God, it paints an uglier picture than our simply missing a bull’s eye (see Rom. 3:10–18). Rather than aiming carefully at God’s target, we turn our backs and shoot arrows everywhere else. Wanting to please ourselves, we ignore the true bull’s eye and set our affections on seductive targets that cannot satisfy, sanctify, or save. We are not primarily target-missers; we are self-centered false-target worshippers.I wouldn’t suggest saying any of that to a non-Christian, but I would avoid the archery illustration. Following such faulty reasoning, a thoughtful seeker might wonder why God would go to all of the trouble of the Cross simply because we aren’t spiritual Robin Hoods."That's pretty clear. Thanks Randy!One could be passively indifferent toward God's standard (unaware of or apathetic towards it) or actively rebellious against it (you know and understand it, yet choose to reject it) and be classified as a sinner.Sin can also be defined as ordering our will over God's...establishing our own law and deciding for ourselves how life works best rather than submitting ourselves to God's law and trusting Him with our life.  Sin is wanting to be our own god and not trusting the one true God with our life.Here's a quote from John Piper where he poetically lays out some examples of what sin is:“What is sin?It is the glory of God not honored.The holiness of God not reverenced.The greatness of God not admired.The power of God not praised.The truth of God not sought.The wisdom of God not esteemed.The beauty of God not treasured.The goodness of God not savored.The faithfulness of God not trusted.The commandments of God not obeyed.The justice of God not respected.The wrath of God not feared.The grace of God not cherished.The presence of God not prized.The person of God not loved.That is sin.”How would you define sin?____________________________________________"Christianese Defined" is a series by our very own staff person Matt Baehr. Stay tuned for more!Photo credit: here.

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