By: Molly T. Marshall
A persisting theological question is what actually happened to our forebears as sin entered the world. While some speak of "total depravity," a more accurate picture is no part of us is untouched by sin.
By: John Pierce
Many U.S. Christians measure their righteousness by a narrow list that reflects their political inclinations and personal piety, yet the Bible's overwhelming message of justice for the oppressed has been missed.
By: Joe LaGuardia
An Internet "troll" is anyone who comments online with threatening, intimidating or abusive language. Such online aggression is not an isolated moral lapse; it's a rampant infestation of sin.
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Mary Center: Sightings)
Even as old-style confessionals fade away, more serious lay people as thinkers and spiritual leaders are advocating "confession" and "forgiveness" as elements of great potential in our cultures of chaos.
By: Joel Snider
We regard sloth as a sin of an imagined lazy member of the welfare class. Rather, it is the sin of all who waste their lives on loves that are too small and causes that are not worthy of our devotion.
By: Preston Clegg
As we journey through the season of Lent, we have the opportunity to confess our individual and collective sins. What would it look like if the corporate church repented? Here's a start.
[D]amnation was never God’s plan for his creation. He never wanted us to start down the path that leads to our own destruction. But when we did he sent his son to call us back, to turn us around, to set our feet on the path that leads to life. If we do that—if we stop choosing the things that move us further away from God and others and start choosing the things that move us closer, if we heave every thought, word, and deed up on the sin scale to see which way the balance tips, and then find the strength and courage to embrace the good and reject the bad—we will, with God’s help, find our way.
By: Zach Dawes
Whether the site is religious or secular, some of the most vitriolic and vulgar statements you will ever read appear in largely anonymous posts found in the comment forums of websites.
We know the reality of sin. We know the reality of guilt. O that we would all know the only answer, the answer offered by God for us through Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of our sins by his death on the cross.
After his court victory, John Edwards took responsibility for his sin. We'll learn about the authenticity of his confession in time, but hearing such an admission in our day is rare.
God can still make something useful from us. The issue is whether we will prayerfully surrender ourselves to be re-made, redeemed, renewed, and reconciled for God's holy purposes.
I can’t do anything about terrorists, but what I can do is something about my own sin. If I turn and repent from my sin, and each of us turns and repents from the sins that are ours that we know would shock everybody around us if they only knew, then maybe we are moving the world toward what God wants and what God is able to use to do away with things like terrorism and the death of destruction of incidents like 9-11.
We all want to be forgiven, don’t we? Whether we’re sons or daughters, mothers or fathers, friends or colleagues. And no relationship can be mended without forgiveness, including our relationship with God.
I believe that the spirit of entitlement is one way to understand what we would classify as the fall or original sin. Original here does not necessarily mean the first, but it is the root of everything. It is the root of all sin. It is the origination.
What is it that God says to the prophet? My ways are not your ways. God’s power is best demonstrated in his love. God’s love is always cloaked in weakness.
You’ve tried to exorcise your own demons, and failed—miserably. You’ve told yourself you’ve got to learn to live with your demons, manage them as best you can, hide them in the deep tombs of your life and pray nobody notices.
Lot's wife has been dismissed throughout history as a vain and materialistic woman who deserved her punishment. Maybe we should see her as we see the rest of us: a human who falls short of the glory of God.
To recognize the full extent of one's sins allows for those sins to be forgiven. To recognize only partially the extent of one's sins allows for only partial forgiveness and, in turn, the capacity to love little.
Many churches are in the business of condemning people and focus on making people feel guilty, rather than helping them live out their faith in Christ by loving others.
Thanks to Kansas State University and Forbes, Baptists and other Christians now know where we can safely go to avoid certain sins. While we may be able to map out the geography of sin, don't forget the universality of sin.
I was confronted by a man who said that when he was growing up, racism was accepted as fact; no one around him questioned it, so how could his failure to act differently be held against him? That is precisely the exceeding sinfulness of sin.
Sin is not only a personal act. It also manifests itself socially through laws and regulations that permit the few to live in privilege and the many to live in want. That's why our society must move away from structural sins toward a more just society.
Chris Hedges has lived an interesting life so far. He is a graduate of Harvard divinity school and once considered a career in the ministry. He eventually ended up in journalism where he served for two decades as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and National Public Radio. In 2002 he shared the Pulitzer Prize with a team of writers for coverage of global terrorism.
It has been a pesky problem from the very beginning. Adam, who walked with God in the cool of the garden, could not follow one simple proscription. Abraham, called by God to be the progenitor of a great nation, lied about Sarah being his wife to save his own hide. Moses, chosen from among all the people of the world to receive God's law, could not follow simple instructions like hitting the rock once instead of twice. And let's not forget about King David. In a single stroke, David managed to mangle four of the Ten Commandments.