Theological Essay

2849 Words Dec 22nd, 2014 12 Pages
THEOLOGICAL ESSAY:
THE MAGNITUDE OF SIN

THEO 202-001

Statement of Topic The analysis of biblical data provides the best understanding of the nature, source and consequences of sin. Sin is any evil action or motive that is in opposition to God. Sin has very serious consequences when it comes to relationships between the sinner and God. Sin also has severe consequences that affect the individual sinner, causing the individual to have social implications. It is evident from both the Old Testament and the New Testament descriptions of sin, that sin is universal. Both testaments describe the extent and intensiveness of sin. Obtaining a contemporary view of the magnitude of sin incorporates a biblical perspective and the best
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45,79).” Basically, everything you do is right and wrong doesn’t exist. Just accept yourself for who you are. The bible on the other hand says that some acts of conduct is just not acceptable. For example Amos 5:15 and Romans 12:9, hate evil love good. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. How can we do this if nothing is any worse than anything else?
Psychology also often justifies sin in the name of freedom and ventilating feelings. Paul C. Vitz writes about Donald Campbell, president of the American Psychological Association, criticized psychology as follows; “There is in psychology today a general background assumption…that repressive or inhibitory moral traditions are wrong (p. 49).” The secular psychologists advocate that the clients should freely express what they thing and feel. For example, pornography is justified as an outlet for sexual desires that might otherwise express themselves in violent assaults. The bible teaches that people ought to control and discipline themselves to do God’s will. In Galatians 5:22 self-control is listed as a fruit of the spirit that is to be developed.
The final issue secular psychologists have against the sin nature is that sin should not be condemned or rebuked. Psychologists often say that sinful practices should be handled in a “non-directive, non-judgmental” way. They are told to listen sympathetically, but never to tell people their conduct is wrong or sinful, never rebuke them, never tell them they must