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Comprehending Context

13 June 2011 by Daniel

Q. 24. What is sin?

A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, any law of God, given as a rule to the reasonable creature.

To understand where sin comes from we must first know what sin is. In my translation of the bible it reads, "darkness covered the surface of the watery depths" even before God says, "let there be light". Notice that it isn't until the light is created that the darkness has context? We comprehend darkness because it is a lack of light.

Alternately, I suppose you could look at silence as another metaphor. Silence would not mean anything if there were no noise to give the lack of it context; or also loneliness. If you had never known there to be anyone else in the world (or at least I would imagine it this way because I have never actually been in such a situation), how would you know that you were alone?

In the same way, just as darkness is a lack of light, silence is a lack of sound, and loneliness is a lack of others, consider it: sin is a lack of obedience. Sin is the absence of something.

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