Sinful Behaviors - Krajec Anna Krajec Dustin Hogan / Dr....

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Krajec Anna Krajec Dustin Hogan / Dr. Moore Christian Formation 10/23/11 Saying yes to Jesus means saying yes to a lifestyle that lines up with what he spoke of and that the Word teaches. Paul states this explicitly in Romans 12: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (NIV). Believers, then, are called to live in a way that is set apart from the world—that distinguishes us from those around us, and serves as a testament to God in action. They are called to be a little, well, weird. But what does this look like? Indeed, Christians should be obeying the Ten Commandments. No murdering, no stealing, no adultery. That is not so difficult. Does not much of the world abstain from these things, however? It is common practice to not murder in most countries; the same goes for stealing. Adulterers and adulteresses tend not to be looked very highly upon either. One could conclude that simply obeying these ten rules from God will not be setting themselves much further apart from other well-behaved, law-abiding humans. This requires a deeper look into what sin really is, and what more delicate distinctions might need to be made that will truly separate those professing faith in Christ from those who are not. Churches often teach that sin is, simply, anything that separates one from God and his will. Any deviation from it is certainly unpleasing to God and should therefore be avoided, as the Word teaches of God’s “good, pleasing, and perfect will” (NIV). Unfortunately when God inspired the writing of scripture, he did not give a play-by-play account of each decision Christians would be faced with and which choice would be found pleasing in his eye. Believers
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Krajec are left up to that task of determining the choice that glorifies God based on what they read in the Bible and what they know to be true about their God. Does this mean that God has a will for
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