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Sin and Wrongdoing

It occurred to me recently that perhaps the Christian “get out of stoning free” card might actually have a theological weakness. When asked why Christians no longer stone people for working on a Saturday, the response is usually that Jesus forgave sin an abolished the old law with his “new covenant.” Theologically speaking that is at best only half right.

I say “Theologically speaking” because in reality it is all make believe and doesn’t make any real sense. But within the context of the narrative (i.e. The Bible) there ought to be some sense of consistency. Even though there really isn’t any internal consistency, theologians continue to fake it.

The idea is that since Jesus forgives sin (for those who believe), believers can sin but try not to because it is God’s desire that they don’t. But should they sin, they would not have to pay the penalty of being tortured for all eternity in Hell like everyone else because their sins have already been forgiven. The problem with this line of thought is that the term “sin” is being used synonymously with the term “wrongdoing” and yet the two are not the same… theologically speaking.

Sin is generally defined as something displeasing to God or some kind of spiritual separation from God. For example, God put the Ten Commandments (a list of “thou shall not” rules) in stone. These are things that displease God and so they are all sins. While some of them amount to wrongdoing, not all of them do. Thou shall not murder can rightfully be considered wrongdoing, but thou shall not have any others Gods before the Lord God is merely a sin. On the opposite side of the spectrum, rape is considered wrongdoing, but there is no place in the Bible in which it is stated that rape displeases God. So while rape is wrongdoing, it is not a sin.

The main difference is that wrongdoing is a crime against other people while sin is just something that displeases God. It can’t even be considered wrongdoing against God since you can do something displeasing to someone without doing them wrong.

Where does this leave us? Well, theologically speaking, wrongdoing is not a sin. God only seems concerned with sin and not wrongdoing. Rape is wrongdoing, but not a sin. So there should be nothing stopping Christians from going around and raping people.

Also according to the theology, Jesus didn’t abolish the old laws at all. He just came to forgive the old sins. “The Law” should still be in affect. While the law is considered God’s law (i.e. sin) it is also man’s law (i.e. wrongdoing) and so Jesus’s new covenant does nothing to abolish that part of the law.

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