The Nature of Sin
Hi, I am new to the site. Long time reader, first time poster I guess. Maybe since it's my first post, I should tell a little about myself. I am in my late 30s living in California currently. I grew up on a small farm in the Midwest (BABBLE BELT) if you will. My parents were not thiests in any stretch of the imagination, but my mom drug us of to church most Sundays. I never really felt any connection to religion as a child growing up, but I met my future wife at 18 and things changed kind of quick. Her father is a Southern Baptist preacher so it was akward a non-believer dating their daughter. Needless to say I got "saved" and would roll with the holiest of them. I gave up my secular life entirely, lost most of the best friends I had ever had then and didn't look back. Later on before getting married, less than 2 years after I got saved, I ran into some problems and just completely lost my faith. I stopped attending church and seeing my religious friends then too. However, I did try to get my faith back when I had moved to the town my In-Laws were currently living. We attended church where my father-in law pastored, but it was never the same for me. At the time I was "saved" I thought I felt a change in me, but looking back on it I have to wonder if there isn't some psychological reasoning behind it and not some supernatural one. As a recovering christian with a fundy preacher for a father in law, I think I have a unique take on the world around me. I look forward to posting in the forums.
Anyways, I wonder if anyone can tell me what the nature of sin is. It is probably the single most used word in the bible, yet no one I talk to about religion (father in law included) has been able to answer the nature of sin. In the bible sin's nature is often used as a verb and a noun. I mean, if sin is not doing god's (Verb) will then how can adam and eve pass this on to previous generations (Noun). Wouldn't this make sin something tangible as opposed to a meer act? Therefore, if sin is something in our nature why would a "loving", "merciful" god create hell to torture people who are just acting according to their nature? I know of no reason to believe that sin is something passed from one person to another from birth. If this is true, then there can be no "age of accountabilty". Some thiest friends of mine tell me that as a child sin is automatically forgiven because of innocence and heaven awaits them if they die before this age. If sin is passed generation to generation then how is there an age of accountability? In the same conversation with this friend of mine, he stated that native-americans before the spaniards arrived would go to heaven because they had never heard of jesus. His only reasoning for this was that it wouldn't be fair. At this point I told him nothing about the god he worships is fair or mercifull. Their actions, prior to any knowledge of a god, would still be sinfull in nature but they could be forgiven because of ignorance? Anyways I don't want to wander too far off topic.
My point is that sin, like most concepts in the bible, is something that no one can agree on. If the bible is the infallible word of god, oh boy was IT (not he) stupid to give it too so many fallible beings. Man wrote the bible and man still can't agree on what it says. I was asked one time why I don't believe, my only response was that if god exists and IT wanted me to know for sure then all the people claiming to speak for IT would run around telling and believing the same things. Anyways, that is my rant. Peace.
"Always seek out the truth, but avoid at all costs those that claim to have found it" ANONYMOUS