Why Does God Warn About Sin?

What is the Big Deal?

Although it might surprise those who understand the seriousness of man’s sin problem, there are those in the world who may ask why God is so concerned with the condemnation of sin in the world. Without understanding the tragic impact of sin, some assume God is seeking simply to be “controlling” or that God is simply a “downer” not wanting them to have any fun.

God Only Knows

A Common Expression

In modern English, the expression “God only knows” has become common in its use. Whether such a phrase is meant literally or not, and the ramifications of such vain address of God aside, this phrase describes something which, from the viewpoint of the speaker is, unexplainable.

Seekers and Finders

A Great Promise

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7 (NASU)

This verse describes a great promise of Jesus Christ that, if taken at face value as He intended, means that those who are honestly seeking out the truth will indeed find it. This should be a source of comfort for those who worry about the fairness of judgment, the question of ignorance, etc.

God Does Not Fear Challenge

A Common Misunderstanding

One of the most misunderstood Biblical concepts is the concept of faith. This powerful source of spiritual strength for all believers has been misconstrued by both claimed believers and non-believers alike. The primary area of misunderstanding is the notion of faith without proof or evidence (e.g. “the leap of faith”). God has never asked or expected man to believe in truths without evidence, nor has He asked man to follow His Word without very real assurances.

Handing Over Control to God

A Universal Truism

One universal truism about the nature of mankind is that men and women make very poor masters of our own lives. Without exception, we at some point fail and fall short of God’s expectation (Rom. 3:23). However, even knowing this, there is a strong temptation to be the master of our lives and to allow a “self”, which those in Christ have spiritually died to (Rom. 6), to once again be an influence over our decisions both great and small.