¶17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not,to him it is sin.
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thyheart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour (sic)as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets
Under Christianity, man has only two commandments to try to keep! Sosin is not what the majority of people think or say it is. It is what youdo when you know you should do something else. A sin can be going fishingon Sunday when you know you should be in church. A sin can be calling insick at work, when you want to go shopping, camping, boating or fishingor any number of other more desirable activities. A sin can be failingto study when you know you should. A sin can be telling your parents evena well intentioned "white" lie. You will not be excused for lying but asa loving parent, your Father in Heaven will weigh everything on its relativemerit.
A sin is definitely stealing, bearing false witness commonly referredto as lying and murder. But man is a very contentious, controlling andlitigious being. Although, with the exception of a violation of one ofthe two (2) great commandments of God, as far as God is concerned, thereare no other serious sins or crimes. However, the nuance of each in today'sworld is enough to fill a law library.
Governments were established by God to preserve the rights and freedomof choice of the individual and as such, governments have to make lawsto govern the manner of interpersonal interaction. As the population ofhumans increases, by the very nature of our being alive and functioningin society, we all acquiesce to giving up a portion of our freedom to maintainthe order and tranquillity of the society of which we are a part.
We may violate a law such as speeding. Is that a sin? Yes! Is it a violationof God's law or man's. It is definitely a violation of man's law, and technically,it's a violation of God's law also in the sense that God established governmentsfor the benefit of man. God functions by laws for example the law of nature.Human rights and animal rights are but laws of God. You may relate to themas common sense or we may not depending on the existence of lack thereof.Common sense varies depending on who one is dealing with and the era inwhich one is relating.
While it is hard for me, living in the twentieth century, to believethis, I read that anciently, man didn't know that heterosexual intercoursewould likely produce a baby. Today, in the twentieth century, few if anyonewould disagree with that premise because that is just common sense.
As man increases in knowledge and wisdom, man is becoming like God,not only knowing right from wrong but being able to do something aboutit. Lest man get too conceited, swollen headed and take glory in his newlydiscovered powers, God will always be around to humble man and make himwake up to how infinitesimally small and totally insignificant his knowledgeis. Example, AIDS. I've been assured that a cure for AIDS is very rudimentarybut the knowledge is being withheld, obscured from the eyes of man's mostgifted until he humbles himself and acknowledges God as the source of allknowledge and power.
Hence, man is violating the first and greatest commandment of God.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God.
David R.W. Wadsworth
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