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How Bad Is Sin?

     Most folks know what is right and what is wrong. Most people know it is wrong to murder, steal, lie, cheat and curse. Most people understand that to commit adultery or fornication is sin. Everyone decries moral corruption when it is revealed in government places from time to time. It is so easy to look at others and see the wrong they are doing. People tend to strongly condemn the sin and wrongdoing of others.
     But yet many of these same people like to reserve the privilege to do a little sinning themselves. When it is convenient, they will cheat on their taxes and they will lie to their spouses. Many of the same people that speak out against moral corruption of others will satisfy their lusts in secret on the Internet or some other dark alley.
     That brings us to the question, how bad is sin? Is it merely perspective? Is it only bad when it is someone in a government position? Is it worse when other people do it than when I do it? Or is it only bad if one gets caught? Or is it only bad if it hurts someone else or ruins family relationships?
     The Bible has the answer to this question. The Bible says that all unrighteousness is sin. James 1:14,15 explains the process of sin, "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." Temptation itself is not wrong but when we yield to the temptation it becomes sin. Sin bars people from God who is absolutely holy and cannot tolerate any sin - great or small.
     Finally and ultimately sin results in spiritual death. Spiritual death is a lot worse than physical death because the soul will continue to exist in the horrors of hell throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.
     How bad is sin? It makes a person feel dirty and guilty. It messes up lives and marriages. It separates individuals from God. It results in eternal death.

- Paul Zehr,
   Bayfield, ON

September 2007