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June 06, 2011

How Sin destroys our Humanity

This is a follow up from my personal notes on Redemption (Re:Lit) In my last blog, I wrote about what does it mean to be human, today let me share to you how sin destroys our humanity.

1. Sin distorts the distinction between Creator and created.

We put ourselves at the center of the universe and the center of the story. We attempt to be god, defining good and evil for ourselves thus the rise in new age philosophies and teachings not just in media but also in our schools.

2. Sin erodes our awareness of life lived always before the face of God.

The rise of self-help books and the I can do it and I can live my best life now themes in secular, business, leadership and Christian books tries to communicate to us that we are self-sufficient. We don’t need God, what we need is faith to this impersonal force. We can name it and claim it, we can be the money magnet and we can practice the law of attraction through the energies available within us. Sin makes us autonomous. We don’t need God, we just need to be self-confident, practice positive self talk and at the end of the day we are all accountable to ourselves.

3. Sin corrupts the image of God in mankind and treats it with contempt.

The image of God in man was not lost in the fall but marred and distorted.

James 3:9 (New International Version)

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

With the very capacities God gave us to image and mirror Him, we choose to defame His name, vandalize His world, and violate His image in others, which amounts to treason. In doing so, we, in fact, image God’s arch rival, Satan. You don’t have to go that far to see it happening right before our eyes. Watch the news or read the latest showbiz tsismis.

4. Sin corrupts worship.

In sin, we worship anything and everything other than God. In sin we tend to exalt a substance, an experience, a person or a dream to the level of god. We define life by its attainment, and we feel like dying when it eludes us. The Bible calls this idolatry.

5. Sin spoils SHALOM.

The perfect and whole peace of God is spoiled not just by the sin I commit but also by the sins committed against me: abuse, mistreatment, betrayal, lies and abandonment.

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