- Nov 4, 2004
I think we sin in many ways. Sometimes we know were sinning, and sometimes we sin and don't even know we are sinning.Personally I don't believe there is such a thing as sinning on accident.
All people sin, all people fail. Some of us just are better a building up layers of denial and justification. My pride or adultery was an accident but that gay or mormon is who is really the sinner.
meh. Same old human behavior.
But our flesh can be pretty persuasive at times, and we sin knowing that we sin, because our sin feels good and we don't want to stop that sinning because the temptation is so strong. But I think there is a difference between being tempted, and actually sinning. James touches on this.. how it starts with temptation which gives birth to sin, and then death...
Example, I went to the bank today and it was a nice day. A gal pulls up next to me in front of the ATM and gets out of her car. I swear, her shorts were so tight and her cheek was hanging out. Mind you, she couldn't have been 20 and her backside was 10 feet in front of me... You know exactly where my eyes went... and it stayed there. Honestly, it felt good to look at her.
But scripture states that any further with that temptation, and I was a guilty of adultery. You see, I have a wonderful wife who I love and I would never want to hurt. And have you ever noticed, especially if you have a child, that when they do something wrong, they avoid you. So, God says it's adultry, but why is this bad if it feels so good? Because it destroys relationships that's why.
If I let my thoughts wander, then I've done something to my wife, and I've hurt her because I know she wouldn't want me looking at other women. And knowing this, if I did wander in my thoughts, I couldn't look my wife in the eye and instead of giving her all of me when I kiss her when I come home, a part of me would avoid her, even though my kiss may seem the same. You see, sin can also seperate us from each other and it destroys relationships.
So, when I felt myself being tempted, I prayed to God, "Please God, take this temptation away from me, strengthen me and keep my eyes from wandering where they shouldn't be". And God delivered me.
But your right, it's easy to see the sins of others to justify our own. I think this is why Jesus tells us to take the plank out of our own eye before looking at the speck in our brothers. I think this is where much contention lies...