The Truth Project: Black and White

Any way you spin it, sin is an ugly word.
I dare you to find someone who will disagree with you on that point.

If you’re just joining in, we are finishing up our first month of a series entitled The Truth Project here on The Pearl Press. For the next little while, we’ve made it our goal to address hot topics in culture today. To provide you with Biblical truth and real life application so that together we can learn to let Christ and His words invade every facet of our lives. We don’t want to tell you what to think or believe, but rather, break down facts and truth in a way that you can apply to your life in a way that has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with allowing Christ to shape our worldviews as we dare to venture deeper into His Word.

That being said, I struggled with how on earth I could possibly present the topic of sin to you in an unbiased way. How could I approach that word from a neutral angle when the word itself carries so much negativity?

And then it hit me.
My job in writing this article is to present you with facts and truth.
And the truth of the matter is, there is no unbiased approach to sin.
It’s all bad.
All ugly.
That is not my opinion or me being biased, that is just what it boils down to.
It’s simple and straightforward.
In a world where so many other things are blurry lines and shades of gray, there is nothing blurry or gray about sin.
It’s black and white of the clearest most distinct shades.

According to, there are nearly 1100 references to the word sin in Scripture. I hope that this time around you’ll forgive me for the length considering there is much to say and I want so much to give you as much of it as possible to use in allowing God to work this out in you!
So, in the spirit of black and white and truth and facts, I am going to allow God to speak for Himself on this matter. And perhaps Merriam, just to kick things off.

Sin according to Merriam Webster:
a  :  transgression of the law of God
b  :  a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God

At this point, I would encourage you to take a few moments and peruse Genesis 3. In order to understand how we ended up here navigating this world full of pain and hurt and sickness and death, we have to understand where we have come from.

Sin has been around for as long as we have been around. As far as we know, the very first choice that humans made was to sin. We acted on our impulses, sold out to our lust, believed the lies and the doubts that snaked their way in, and ultimately decided that one piece of delicious fruit in one fleeting moment was worth more than everything that God had already given. We decided that God could not possibly know best, He must be holding out on us, and in our pride we thought it better to try and be like Him. We disobeyed, and we sacrificed everything good and pure and true for an empty lie.

And yes, I said we.

You can be angry with Eve or even with Adam, or perhaps with both of them for landing us here, but you would have done the same thing {We’ll save that little discussion for our Daily Dose on Thursday!}.

The short story is this, Adam and Eve disobeyed. They sinned. And God threw them out of the Garden. That beautiful garden filled with luscious vegetation that provided shade from the sparkling sun and soft green grass to lie down in and every sort of fruit and nourishment they could have ever needed and every creature ever created living together in harmony, and most importantly pure, endless communion with God.

That we would choose that one piece of fruit over everything that He was generously and lovingly offering. And from here the question inevitably arises as to whether or not He knew that we would choose that all along. We can argue that at another time.

God is forever hoping that we will choose Him
He was then, He is now.

But, Merriam said it well in her definition above. “Sin estranges us from God.” That is a fact. And so they had to go. And so it continues throughout all of history. Sin builds a wall between us and God.

Here’s the abridged version of the sin story…

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it...The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1 selected)

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,  slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;  they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:18-32)

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—  he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3)

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:18-19)

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6)

That, my friends, is only a sampling. The Bible has SO much more to say in regards to that little word, sin.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that sin is something you can remain neutral about. That good people don’t sin. That sin is something you can remain silent about or not really think about too often.
Sin is a big deal. A really, really big deal. Sin is inevitable in our world and inevitable in you. Sin has to be addressed in our lives.

I do understand that it’s heavy. It’s dark. It’s scary. It’s easier to avoid. But please, friends, be encouraged by what you read above. The fact is that sin is here. We chose it and now we have to live with it. The truth is that it is dark and ugly. But, the greater truth is that God is here too. He is hoping, ready and waiting for you to choose Him! He is light and He is beauty! He is present in the darkness and the temptation.

There is dark and there is light. There is sin and there is God. The choice is yours. It’s really very simple. It’s black and white.

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