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What is sin? Deliberate perversion

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What is sin? The Bible depicts sin in many ways. Last time I wrote about the Hebrew and Greek words that define sin as ‘missing a mark’ and ‘rebellion’. But how else is sin described?   Another word used to describe sin is the Hebrew word ‘avah’.  This word literally means ‘deliberate perversion’ or a […]

What is sin? Rebellion against God

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What is sin? There are many ways that sin is described in the Bible. Last time I wrote about sin in these articles, we looked at the Hebrew word, chatta’h, and its Greek equivalent, harmatia. We saw that they described sin as missing a mark.   Another word used to describe sin is the Hebrew […]

Is the resurrection important for Christianity?

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Some might think that Christianity could survive if the resurrection of Jesus Christ was not true.   The Apostle Paul would beg to differ. In one of his tight summaries of the Christian gospel, he holds up the resurrection of Jesus as of first importance. We read in his letter to the church in Corinth: […]

He gave himself for us

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As we come to Easter, we remember the work of Christ – the glorious work of Christ! This Good Friday we remember the death of our Saviour. In the words of the Apostle Paul:“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life […]

What is sin? To miss the mark

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What is sin? There are many ways that sin is described in the Bible. In the Old Testament, one of the common Hebrew words used to describe sin is chatta’h. It is an action that misses the mark. An example of the word being used to describe a non-moral action is in the book of […]

Can we suffer due to sin?

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Sometimes it’s obvious to see that our sin leads to suffering. If you murder someone and a relative murders you, the correlation between suffering and breaking God’s law is pretty obvious. The same goes if you steal someone’s car and are put in prison. Or disobey your mother and end up losing your pocket money. […]

Does suffering teach you patience?

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We all have many plans of what we will do in this world. Plans to get an education, to work hard, to amass wealth, to be fit, to get married, to have children, to have friends, to travel the world, to climb Mt Everest.   But something often disrupts such plans: suffering.   Bodily pain […]

How can your suffering be comforting to others?

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Suffering usually doesn’t feel very beneficial – to us or to those around us. It often like a painful hindrance and of very little value to anyone.   But your suffering can actually be helpful to others.   The Apostle Paul teaches us that if you suffer and are comforted by God, you are especially […]

Does suffering make you long for heaven?

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Often we struggle with why God would allow us to suffer. If God is all powerful and all good, surely there would be no suffering, particularly for his children. Thus if we suffer, either God is not all powerful, or not all good. He can’t be both.   But if there is a ‘good’ reason […]

Does suffering drive you to pray?

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Does suffering drive you to pray? When we experience pain and suffering, many turn away from God. But the Christian should do the  opposite when in trouble: he should cling closer to God than ever before.   One of the ways that this increased intimacy with God is displayed is by the Christian becoming more […]