Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Opus 2011-67, Basic Beliefs: Original Sin

Christians believe that when a human being is born, they are born with an inbuilt bias toward rebellion against God.  This is called by different names:  Sinful nature, original sin, depravity.  It is a condition that effects all of creation and will not be remedied until the destruction of the Earth and we know it and the establishment of the new earth and the New Jerusalem. 

This is the parting of the ways between humanists and Christians.  It is the dividing line between pagan and Christian.  It also separates those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, operating under the mantle of the church and doing everything they can to destroy Christ and His church.  That is a strong statement.  It is important that we understand how vital the “S” word is.

Most people know the story of Adam and Eve.  Because of their rebellion the entire human race was cursed with sin.
(Romans 5:12 KJV)  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
This sin has become a condition of humanity.
(Romans 5:14 KJV)  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

There is something wrong with human beings.  Every area of human knowledge tries to find a way to describe it and to produce a cure.  God has declared it is sin.

Why is this necessary for Christians to believe?  If you are not depraved, then you are a victim of social programing.  You are then basically a good person who will do good if society can just be adjusted so that you can follow your good nature.  If that is the case, you don’t need a savior.  You need a social worker, a psychologist, a teacher, a guru, but you don’t need a savior because there is nothing to save you from.  If you reject original sin you might as well become a Buddhist and get on with dealing with your Karma. 

Keep in mind that this original sin is not something you can measure or see.  A baby, cute as it is, is totally self centered and lost in sin.  Your wonderful neighbor who does all those nice things for you is still lost in sin.  This is a rebellion against God and some rebels can be very pleasant about their rebellion.  There is a reason why the Bible says that “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess.”  Original sin refuses to bow and will only do so on judgment day, when it is too late.

Don’t let your pride ruin your eternity.

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