Every worldview includes a perspective about our identity as people. Understanding who or what we are as humans greatly impacts the rest of our worldview. In many places, what the Bible tells us about ourselves resonates with our reality, but also rubs us the wrong way. What it says is uncomfortable. Sin is one of these uncomfortable topics.

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Why the Bad News About Sin Is a Good Thing

No one likes to hear about sin. It’s not comforting to read what the Bible says about us and our sin. In fact, what the Bible tells us about ourselves and our world is really bad news.

The Bible doesn’t paint a pretty picture of us. In fact, it’s a much darker picture than we would imagine on our own. But friend, please don’t leave at this point in the conversation! What the Bible teaches, though really bad news, is very good for us to know. This is true for two reasons.

What the Bible teaches, though really bad news, is very good for us to know.

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Knowing the Truth About Ourselves

First, simply, because it’s what’s true! Imagine you’re suffering from pains all over your body that you can’t explain. You go to the doctor. After looking at your test results and seeing cancer, the doctor does not want to discourage you, so he says, “You’re healthy!”

You’d probably be upset if you found out he lied. You would want to know what’s wrong, not only to understand your experience, but also to know how to respond accordingly.

In the same way, God’s Word diagnoses the state of our souls. It’s clear that there is much wrong in our world and within ourselves. We need to know the truth about ourselves. And, like a good doctor, the Bible tells us our issue straightforwardly.

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A Cure Only Comes After a Proper Diagnosis

This brings us to the second reason that the bad news about sin is a good thing. When we’re properly diagnosed, we can find the proper cure.

When, in our thought experiment, your doctor lied about your cancer, he also cut you off from any cure. Unlike the doctor, the Author of the Bible loves us enough to give the dismal diagnosis so that he can lead us to the cure.

We want you to understand this before we talk more about what the Bible means by sin. Understanding sin can be a hard pill to swallow.

One of the wisdom books in the Bible, Proverbs, instructs us that only fools despise wisdom and instruction (1:7), reminding us that when we reject truth because it’s distasteful, we’re only hurting ourselves.

We believe the Bible to be the authoritative truth written by our loving Creator to lead us to him. Therefore, we believe his Word that there’s something terribly wrong with us (Jeremiah 17:3). We also believe he has provided the cure.

We share his Word with you because we know ourselves to be sinners in the way the Bible describes, sick with rebellion, regret, and wrongdoing—yet we have also discovered the cure in its pages. We know that if you understand yourself to be a sinner too, then perhaps we may have the joy of introducing you to our Great Physician.

He’s ready to see you, whatever your malady. For he told us, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

We’re sick and in need of a cure. Will you entrust yourself to the Great Physician?

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Why the Bad News About Sin Is a Good Thing

by Bibles.net

Verse
Jeremiah 2:12-13 ESV

Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

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every inclination
of the human heart
is evil from childhood.

Genesis 8:21 NIV
Verse
Genesis 6:5 NIV

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

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We are not sinners
because we choose to sin.
We choose to sin
because we are sinners.

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Messages: 60 Min

What Happened at the Fall?

by John MacArthur

Verse

Genesis 2-3

Where did sin come from?
Verse
Romans 1:18-32 ESV

What is sin as it's defined in the Bible? 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

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Why the Bad News About Sin Is a Good Thing

Every worldview includes a perspective about our identity as people. Understanding who or what we are as humans greatly impacts the rest of our worldview.

In many places, what the Bible tells us about ourselves resonates with our reality, but also rubs us the wrong way because what it says is uncomfortable. Sin is one of these uncomfortable topics.

No one likes to hear about sin. It’s not comforting to read what the Bible says about us and our sin. In fact, what the Bible tells us about ourselves and our world is really bad news.

The Bible doesn’t paint a pretty picture of us. In fact, it’s a much darker picture than we would imagine on our own. But friend, please don’t leave at this point in the conversation! What the Bible teaches, though really bad news, is very good for us to know. This is true for two reasons.

First, simply, because it’s what’s true! Imagine you’re suffering from pains all over your body that you can’t explain. You go to the doctor. After looking at your test results and seeing cancer, the doctor does not want to discourage you, so he says, “You’re healthy!”

You’d probably be upset if you found out he lied. You want to know what’s wrong, not only to understand your experience, but also to know how to respond accordingly.

In the same way, God’s Word diagnoses the state of our souls. It’s clear that there is much wrong in our world and within ourselves. We need to know the truth about ourselves. And, like a good doctor, the Bible tells us straight.

This brings us to the second reason that the bad news about sin is a good thing. When we’re properly diagnosed, we can find the proper cure.

When, in our thought experiment, your doctor lied about your cancer, he also cut you off from any cure. Unlike the doctor, the Author of the Bible loves us enough to give the dismal diagnosis so that he can lead us to the cure.

We want you to understand this before we talk more about what the Bible means by sin. Understanding sin can be a hard pill to swallow.

One of the wisdom books in the Bible, Proverbs, instructs us that only fools despise wisdom and instruction (1:7), reminding us that when we reject truth because it’s distasteful, we’re only hurting ourselves.

We believe the Bible to be the authoritative truth written by our loving Creator to lead us to him. Therefore, we believe his Word that there’s something terribly wrong with us (Jeremiah 17:3). We also believe he has provided the cure.

We share his Word with you because we know ourselves to be sinners in the way the Bible describes, sick with rebellion, regret, and wrongdoing—yet we have also discovered the cure in its pages. We know that if you understand yourself to be a sinner too, then perhaps we may have the joy of introducing you to our Great Physician.

He’s ready to see you, whatever your malady. For he told us, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

We’re sick and in need of a cure. Will you entrust yourself to the Great Physician?

by Bibles.net