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Christianity Johnson on 12 Feb 2009 12:31 am

Why DO Christians sin?

In Billy Graham’s column this week, we learn about judgment:

No second chance to be saved

the Bible clearly teaches that once we die we go immediately into God’s presence. The Bible says, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). In one of his parables, Jesus told about a man who had ignored God and his Word all his life. When he died, he pleaded for mercy, but it was too late; his selfish ways condemned him to an eternity separated from God (see Luke 16:19-31).

This is a sobering truth, and we mustn’t take it lightly. The time to put our faith in Christ and trust him for our salvation is now. Even tomorrow may be too late; how do we know if we will still be alive? If you have never faced your own need of God’s forgiveness, I urge you to turn to Christ and commit your life to him today.

The vast majority of Americans claim to be Christian, and they all know that their sins will send them to eternal torture in hell. They all claim that the threat of hell is what keeps mankind in line.

So why DO Christians sin? If they believe all this, what in the world would cause Christians to lie, or commit adultery, or steal, or rape young boys? Why would Christians break their lifelong wedding vows at the same rate as non-Christians? Why wouldn’t Christians love their enemies and eliminate war? In the news today:

1) Hollywood pastor arrested on child molestation charges

2) Former Simpson Co. And Warren Co. Pastor Arrested

3) Former Pastor, Son Accused Of Setting Church Fire

4) Ex-youth pastor facing more counts in Mansfield sex case

5) Davie pastor jailed; accused of fondling, molesting girls

And these are the pastors – the ones who should “know” God best. The followers are far worse.

Why are Christians just as bad as (in many cases worse) than the non-Christians around them? Why are Christian leaders constantly in the news for their transgressions? Why doesn’t “the threat of hell”, combined with “God’s guidance through prayer”, plus “reading the Bible”, along with “the intervention of the Holy Spirit” combined with “the love and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus” create a group of people who are perfect?

11 Responses to “Why DO Christians sin?”

  1. on 12 Feb 2009 at 11:10 am 1.Microbiologychick said …

    Once saved, always saved.

  2. on 12 Feb 2009 at 11:48 am 2.Tommy said …

    Because most don’t really believe.

    There are some that do, but it drives them crazy, literally.

    I know I’d go crazy if any infraction at all would damn me to eternal torment.

    Isn’t being “saved” a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for entrance into heaven.

    Of course, you can always repent. But God could strike you down AT ANY TIME! And then, as Billy point out, it’s too late.

    Sounds like a con to me.

  3. on 12 Feb 2009 at 12:39 pm 3.Anonymous said …

    > Once saved, always saved.

    If that were true, then there would be nothing in the Bible about judgement! And there would be no such thing as sin! Are you blind?

  4. on 12 Feb 2009 at 3:47 pm 4.Microbiologychick said …

    Some Christians believe that belief is all that matters and those who are saved go to heaven and those who are not saved go to hell. Once you are truly saved, you cannot lose your salvation no matter what you do. Judgement is for the unbelievers.

    This is often why some Christians are very immoral. Their sins are already forgiven and they are safe. This is standard Baptist (and some others’) theology.

  5. on 14 Feb 2009 at 7:42 am 5.Schadenfreude is the New Black said …

    Tell me about it. Bah.

  6. on 14 Feb 2009 at 8:40 pm 6.anonymous said …

    In answer to the main question, it is because everyone is hypocritical. It has nothing to do with faith. Everyone lives their lives simply by trial and error.

    Even atheists are hypocritical. I know if I truly thought that there was nothing after death I would commit suicide. Life is full of pain, suffering, and hard work. Why go through it for no reason?

    Atheists hold on for that slight chance that there is something more.

    Christians sin for the slight chance that they are wrong about Jesus.

  7. on 14 Feb 2009 at 9:20 pm 7.Hermes said …

    Anonymous: “Even atheists are hypocritical. I know if I truly thought that there was nothing after death I would commit suicide. Life is full of pain, suffering, and hard work. Why go through it for no reason?”

    You are parroting a lie about atheists, and an insidious one.

    To turn it around; If life is so unpleasant for you, why don’t yo kill yourself to get to the better place? If you say that suicide would be punished by your deity with eternal pain in your after life, then why not just eat poorly and pick a dangerous job? Why not take up smoking 4 packs a day? After all, the after life is superior to this one — right?

    With one life to live, life becomes more precious not less.

    How do I know there is only this life? Simple. I’ll post that next.

  8. on 14 Feb 2009 at 9:21 pm 8.Hermes said …

    Why there is no such thing as a soul or an afterlife;

    (repost from the forums)

    For what it’s worth, there is no such thing as a soul or an after life.

    So far, I’ve had very few people challenge me on this and most just make blanket statements without offering facts.

    Think about what we know. Think about what we do not need to speculate about — on both life and death.

    1. Death is not a clear line; on one side alive, on the other completely dead.

    Death happens in stages as individual cells no longer retain integrity for a variety of reasons, often because of oxygen starvation from organ failure or trauma that prevents the blood from circulating. Parts of us are dying and new cells are being made all the time.

    2. Organ transplants. Even when ‘we’ cease to be, parts of us are still coherent, allowing organ transplants. There is even a method of blood extraction from corpses that is used occasionally.

    3. All of our thoughts while we are alive are contained in a structure of neurons. This can be seen in a variety of well documented cases from Phineas Gage through to the impacts of severing the corpus colosum and the impacts of traumas such as strokes and alzheimers as well as the structures found that map nerves to a variety of tasks and thoughts.

    4. When people start to die, the brain is frequently one of the last organs to be starved of oxygen.

    5. The ‘tunnel of light’ is caused by the visual cortex loosing oxygen and the remaining parts of the brain attempting to deal with that. The same ‘tunnel’ can be simulated. Pilots experience this when they use a centrifuge under high G forces for training or to test new gear. Both these are documented and can be duplicated with the proper equipment and/or circumstances.

    6. People who live after being through this oxygen starvation tell stories based on their brain’s attempt to deal with the stress. They talk about ‘flash backs’, they talk about ‘stepping outside’ of themselves and seeing themselves. The same thing the pilots in the centrifuges report.

    7. The more time the brain or any organ is starved, the more damage.

    8. People don’t act any differently from more damage (that brings them closer to complete death and thus an ‘afterlife’) then other victims of brain damage.

    9. When cell death is complete, there is nothing to store ‘them’.

  9. on 15 Feb 2009 at 9:51 am 9.gellie said …

    “God is light”- 1John1:5. Light is energy, therefore, energy is God. “Energy can neither be created nor destroyed”- First Law of Thermodynamics. Matter, information, is the conformation of energy, in closed circuitry. Consciousness is caused by the interfernece of energy by matter. We got consciousness in time, therefore, certainly energy got consciousness in eternity. If we were energy we would never sleep. We are the information. Why does energy conform itself into information? If not, apparently it might get bored.

  10. on 15 Feb 2009 at 10:20 am 10.Hermes said …

    gellie, clever but based on convenient errors. Information is contextual, else it is static. Tell me how to keep coherence of that information without a structure and we’ll talk.

  11. on 05 Jan 2010 at 11:03 am 11.Allan Svensson said …

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    The Bridegroom comes, Come out to meet him. Matt. 25:6.
    From where shall we go out? We shall go out of the great
    Babylon, the great whore. Rev. Chapter 17 and 18. This
    command of the Lord in Rev. 18:4 is now highly topical.

    Never before we have been so nearly Jesus’ coming as we
    are now, but how are God’s people prepared? How is the
    unity in the faith? Sorry, very bad! God’s people are more
    divided now than ever before. Instead of following what
    the Bible teaches about the Assembly of God, they have
    followed Satan’s false assembly doctrine. They believe
    that the Assembly of God is constituted of church systems
    and many religious organizations.

    Most Christians have not yet begun to prepare for Jesus’
    coming. They can speak and write that Jesus shall come,
    and about the signs of the time, yet they do not make any
    preparation to meet Jesus. How can we make a preparation?
    To make preparation and be ready for Jesus’ coming, God’s
    people must get the knowledge of the Assembly of God.

    All God’s people must in the first hand begin to study what
    the Bible teaches about the Assembly of God. What we
    need now before the restoration of the Assembly of God,
    it is humility before God’s word and a forgivable disposition
    to each other.

    The Assembly of God is no Pentecostal church. Please,
    consider what this expression “the Assembly of God” in the
    reality implies. The Assembly of God must be the same as
    the Greek word “ekklesia”, and the Body of Christ. 1 Cor.
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    to do with the Pentecostal Movement. Pentecostal churches
    have existed about 100 years, but the Assembly of God has
    ever existed since Jesus baptized his first disciples by the
    Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave them the new life in Christ
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    What is the Restrainer?
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    Why did the Pentecostal Revival take an end?
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