The context of Matthew is adultery--relations with a woman who is not your wife. The context of Proverbs is marriage--relations with the woman who is your wife. The difference is quite substantial.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already ...
The verse your article talks about is Nehemiah 5:10 which says:
I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.
Some translations also say "interest" in place of "usury." This is an important distinction... A prohibition against usury is only a prohibition against "exorbitant ...
Catholicism states quite clearly that atheism is a sin. Disbelieving God means that you are rebelling against God's commands and therefore sinning.
Atheism, throughout the Bible, is considered "disbelief". The idea is either that you believe in God, or you don't. If you don't believe in the one true God (such as atheism), it's categorized as "...
This is a major point of Romans 6. After arguing that the coming of the law increased the number of trespasses, and that subsequently "grace abounded all the more," Paul warns those who might twist his words:
6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
There is a third option -
The prohibition on incest didn't come about until the covenant in Leviticus & Deuteronomy, and to accuse Cain, Abel, and Seth of incest is to accuse them ex post facto.
As an aside, a Young Earth Creationist would date the Creation to 4004 BC, and the Exodus (and hence the Covenant) to about 1440BC. As such, you would be ...
There are two primary views of this.
There are different levels of sin
All sin is equal in God's eyes.
Unfortunately, they're both pretty sound beliefs.
All sins are not equal
There are many verses to back up this belief that all sins are not equal. Here are some of them:
Matthew 12:31-32 (NIV)
31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can ...
John 10:18 (NIV)
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
Jesus, in this verse, says that he has the ability to choose whether he laid down his life or not.
Because of this, he had the free will to choose to follow God's ...
No. Enoch sinned just like the rest of us.
He was taken to heaven because Christ's righteousness was imputed to him, just like it is imputed to us.
Christ's death and resurrection saved all believers past and present, there is no need for any other explanation of righteousness.
Honor your parents? Yes absolutely.
Sin? No never.
What is trump? Don't sin!
However it should be noted that the trump card will never need to be used because on closer inspection these two things are never actually in conflict. If your parents ask you to murder your neighbor (clearly sin) it would be no honor to them if you obeyed. The same principle can ...
The OT clearly condemns in Leviticus 18 and 20 ("If a man takes his sister [...] and sees her nakedness [...] it is a disgrace [...] and he shall bear his iniquity."). This is reinforced at other later points, but we do not find record or such a prohibition earlier.
Clearly there is no way that the line from Adam and Eve continued for at least the first few ...
In the Mosaic Law, God strictly forbids this:
A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 22:5 NASB
It must be stated, however, that this was specifically in the Mosaic Law, so it cannot necessarily be extended outside of the Jewish ...
As homosexuality is a sin, it is safe to conclude that God did not "create them this way". Just like God didn't create thieves as such, murderers as such, liars as such, etc.
It is as a byproduct of the fallen world in which we live that Romans 1:26-27 was written:
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the ...
It's not so much that sandals or slippers are considered to be unholy, it's that they're dirty, and removing them is a sign of respect similar to removing one's hat when entering a building, or perhaps removing a nose ring when entering a strict parent's house.
From the United church of God's article on the subject:
Taking off your sandals was like the ...
Part of the confusion as modern readers is that we miss what the Pharisees meant when they referenced "the Law." For the Pharisees, "the Law" had two parts. There was the "Written Law" (תורה שבכתב), and there was the "Oral Law" (תורה שבעל פה), which they claimed was also given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. You can read more about this in the Mishnah.
The Old ...
Here is what Aquinas actually wrote:
In each kind of thing the worst corruption is the corruption of the principle on which other things depend. Now the principles of reason are the things in accord in nature… and therefore, to act against what is determined by nature, is most serious and base. Therefore since in the sins against nature man transgress ...
Yes. In questioning God, we are admitting that his knowledge and wisdom is superior to ours:
“Why are you doing this?”
“This doesn’t make sense to me.”
“When will you rescue me from this situation?”
Whereas to judge him would be to assume that our knowledge and wisdom is superior:
“You are wrong to do this.”
“You’ve forgotten about .......
Actually, it never worked.
Hebrews 10:4 (ESV)
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
All the OT sacrifices were useless in an of themselves. What they did all along was not actually solve something but point people to the idea that something needed to be solved and the way that had to happen was through sacrifice. All ...
God cannot sin, not because He lacks the free will to do so, but because it would be inconsistent with His character and His nature.
The word "omnipotent" is never used in the Bible, but has been
inferred primarily by one of God's Hebrew titles, "Shadday," which is
most often translated "...
Protestants basically fall into three main camps, claiming that the unpardonable sin is:
attributing the works of the Holy Spirit to the devil; or,
refusal to repent even to the end of one's life; or,
hatefully and willfully slandering the Holy Spirit's testimony of Christ.
Within (3), there are three views regarding who can commit the sin: 3a) only ...
"Jealousy" in colloquial English, means either (1) indignation in response to infidelity, or (2) covetousness of the belongings of others. We can immediately eliminate the second case, because God cannot be covetous; everything is his.
(Psalm 50:12) “If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and all it contains."
This jealousy that is ...
I think Jonathon started with a great passage for this question, but stopped short of an interpretation that carries the full weight of the passage.
The passage has two different parts. One part addresses marriages between believers, the other mixed marriages.
First, let's take the part between believers:
1st Corinthians 7:10-11 (ESV)
To the married I ...
There was probably no power at all in the fruit. The issue was that God gave them a choice and they chose to disobey Him. And so sin, in this case disobedience, entered the world.
I suspect that it could just as easily have been a, "Wet paint, do not touch!" sign.
The sin wasn't in eating the fruit, but in what it represented. It's interesting to examine the exact text of the commandment:
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou ...
The best answer that I've ever heard was from Paul Washer who said this:
Enoch walked with God for so long that when it was time to go home, God said: "You know what Enoch, you've been walking with me for so long, look we're closer to my home then yours. Why don't you just come home with me."
We know that All men have sinned and all men fall short of the ...
It's important to examine the basic premise: does "sexual orientation" actually exist in the first place? The concept has become ingrained enough in our culture that we take it for granted, but when you look at history, that wasn't always the case.
What you see in ancient cultures is many different attitudes towards sexuality, and patterns of sexual ...
This answer is based on the doctrine of original sin as held by at least Lutheranism. Related question: Are we born sinners?
There are, in fact, two important questions here. One explicit, one implicit.
The explicit question
Does God create some people heterosexual and others homosexual?
As other answerers have meritoriously pointed out, the Bible ...
When you look at Jesus' command in light of the whole law, and other instances where He said similar things (such as "be ye as perfect as your father in heaven"), you realize that while this is a command, it's really just a repetition of all the previous commands given by God over thousands of years. Jesus' command is just a reaffirmation of what God has ...
Some Protestant groups, like those represented by the conservative R.C. Sproul Jr and the Acton Institute, believe that even if the government does nothing but evil, one nonetheless is obligated to pay taxes to support it, because what the government does is not the responsibility of the people supporting it but the fault of the government itself. This is ...
The first spoken words of God to humans in the Bible is the command to have sex:
"Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth..."
So it cannot possibly be a sin.
(Also, as Nicky Gumbel says on the Alpha course, God is not looking down and thinking, "What ever are they up to?! I didn't intend that at all!")