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4 Ways The Bible Autocorrects Us

You are at your desk typing up a pudding recipe for your upcoming church picnic. You attempt to type “banana”, but you fail to remember that Gwen Stefani song and put bananana. You realize your mistake, but pay it no mind.

It autocorrects for you.

Auto Correction and spell checks are a gift from the computer nerds. They let us know when we are wrong, and corrects our mistakes. The Bible is our autocorrect when it comes to our culture’s misbeliefs about sin.

As Pastor Aaron continues the “God Never Said That” series, this past weekend we looked at  4 worldly ideas about sin and how the Bible autocorrects our sinful nature’s misconceptions.

1. World Says: I’m not really a bad person.

In a quiz to score whether a person was bad, buzzfeed.com included a few of the following yes or no questions:

  • I recycle when I feel like it

  • I’ve broken up with someone over text

  • I hardly ever leave big tips.

Answer the questions right and the back patting begins. I’m a good person after all!

Bible Autocorrects: You’re right, you are not just a bad person but a sinner.

The Bible clearly says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” - 1 John 1:8. Our ability to break-up in person, leave 50% tips, and walk the occasional senior citizen across the road is a good act for sure. But until we ask for forgiveness, we are all just sinners at the end of the day.

2. World Says: All sin is the same

When we take God’s grace for granted, we can start believing our sin is no big deal. It’s just a routine forgiveness dance and all will be fine. Look too long at that girl at the gym? No worries. Flirt with the new accountant at work as a married woman. No biggie. Except...

Bible Autocorrects: All sin leads to death, but have different consequences.

1 Cor. 6:18 brings us to a quick realization of the seriousness of certain sins, “Run from sexual sin!” Don’t jog, Usain Bolt from that stuff!

3. World Says: It’s okay because it’s not hurting anyone.

“It’s just me and my computer. It doesn’t hurt my wife as long as she doesn’t find out.” Our society loves to weigh behaviour by who we think it affects. If it's not blatantly affecting anyone else, then it’s gotta be ok.

Bible Autocorrects: It’s always hurting someone. You or God.

James 1:15 gives us a picture of how something our society views as solely individual, desire, can turn into so much more, “ Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”  Whether sin separates us from God, destroys our lives, or slowly destroys the lives of those around us, sin always hurts someone.

4. World Says: I’ve already done it, i might as well keep doing it.

Bible Says: I’ve done it, but I don’t have to keep doing it anymore.

Romans 6 says through Christ we have “died to sin.” Finito.

Share with us on in the comment section below stories about how in your past someone convinced you it didn’t matter what sin you did. Don’t stop there. Then explain how God delivered you from that sin and that lie.

 

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