July 2, 2014

Sin and Its Many Names


Still broken Chinese but better something than nothing right. I'm also very inspired by my fiance's shameless attitude about speaking weirdly-pronounced-and-said-chinese words lately. He's a very confident person, and being with him I find that I'm actually not as confident.

It's a wonderful thing to be content at our strengths and weaknesses, without the need to compare ourselves with people around us. Spiritually speaking, personal comparison to others will produce either:
a) Pride - when we feel we have 'superior' performance, smarter brain, better life etc, or
b) Envy - when we feel we are inferior in some aspects. Maybe our friends have more financial success than us, and we feel we're less successful, so we fall into envy.

I love discussing about the subjects of sin and its many names, because every sin that we encounter in the world is explained in the bible as it exactly is. From what I've heard from friends who can see spirits, there's different kind of spirit, such as the spirit of envy, sin of gluttony, envy, pride, anger, hatred, jealousy, murder, sexual immorality, deceit, lies, anxiety, argumentative spirit, arrogance, fear, lust, sluggard, etc.
The Greek word translated "sin" in the Bible is an interesting term. It, (hamartano), literally means, "to miss the mark." Think of it in this way. In shooting an arrow from a bow, if your arrow flies beyond the target or falls short of it, if it veers to the right of the target or to the left, you "miss the mark." If in our lives we go beyond the will of God, doing things God has said not to do; if we fall short of the will of God by not doing things commanded by God; if we veer away from God's will, doing things for which we have no authority; we "miss the mark" or SIN. Read more here.
Evil spirit compel us to sin with a deadly force beyond our control. Left with our earthly nature, we're unable to put up a defense strong enough to resist these evil forces. Thank God that those who receive Jesus in the hearts will be able to survive the winning battle between God-Satan.

I think Christians who're unable to see/sense demonic spirit (like me) can best see the spiritual forces by observing the fruit of the spirit. Just like Holy Spirit will bear good fruits to souls who cling on to it, evil spirit will bear rotten fruits to the manifested humans. If you can't see the spirit, look at the acts of the sinful nature? That's what I think.

Galatians 5:19-21
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
I'm not a bible theologian so what I understand now about the Scriptures may be different than your understanding of the same verses. You can read up more about sin here.

Read up the list of all sins mentioned in the bible. It is so true to me that without God's grace and Jesus dying on the cross, living a clean, spotless, sinfree life is totally impossible. IMPOSSIBLE.

Christians or not, it doesn't matter. Everyone falls short of God's standard in one way or another. I'm really thankful again to God for sending Jesus down here and pay for my sin upfront. Thank you God.

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.