What is sin? The atheist says its a figment of the imagination; But what does one do with the real feelings of regret? The Buddhist purports that sin does not exist, instead there are only skillful or unskillful actions which determine the quality of an individuals perpetual reincarnation until they reach nirvana; But how can one be reassured of the success of their “skillful actions” if they are completely unaware of their past life, and ambiguous regarding their future? Meanwhile, Islam preaches that Allah may forgive sins if they are outweighed by good deeds; But how does one keep track of their progress without becoming overwhelmed? Excusing sin away or trying to offset its encroachment doesn’t address the core issue of why sin is offensive. Why is sin offensive?
Sin is offensive because it violates a moral law. Regardless of the origin of the moral law, the Universe, Buddha, Allah, or Jesus, the offender must be punished for his/her offence in order to maintain the integrity of the moral law or else it becomes watered down to simply a moral suggestion; And the originator condescends to the status of untrustworthy. Confidence in a worldview is only as reliable as it’s author. What that author does concerning an offence to it’s moral law reveals the true nature of it’s love and authority.
The atheist contends that there are no moral laws at work in the world, therefore no one should be offended by the actions of others. This understanding is unlivable and caters to the survival of the fittest. Power not love governs this ideology. You are on your own. Buddhism similarly rejects the idea of sin but generally believe in a universal moral code. Every action, good or bad, has an automatic effect in a long chain of causes. Basically, the offender of the moral law will reap the effects of his/her actions until he/she is no longer offensive. They will continue to pay for their “un-skilled actions” until they are “skilled”. Once again, power and not love governs this ideology. You are what you eat. Islam offers forgiveness of sin as long as there is repentance accompanied by good deeds. On judgment day Allah will weigh the good deeds against the bad deeds and thereby determine destiny. However, he does not address the offence against his laws. If Islamic laws can be broken without recompense simply by performing extra credit good deeds, then their laws cannot be trusted and the author should not be believed. Power and surface love govern this ideology. You get what you pay for.
Christianity stands by the ten commandments. Every individual in the world will be measured by this standard. Anyone who falters in one or more of these commands will be put to death for all eternity. No exceptions. Recognizing that the whole world was guilty of breaking His law and needed to be punished, God sent His Son into the world in order to receive the punishment for the laws that were broken so that He can provide a way of escape for anyone willing to accept it. He addressed the offence completely, now He can offer an alternate solution for all who are willing to believe. The integrity of His law is intact and His character is confirmed. This ideology is governed by true love and power. You get more than you deserve.
Your sins can be forgiven today! Stop trying to pay for it on your own. Accept Jesus, God’s provision for your forgiveness. His love for you compelled His righteousness to make provision for His Justice so His mercy could be extended to all without ever being accused of favoritism. There will never be any question regarding your guilt. Accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your sin places you in the position of innocence before the courtroom of God. Set your soul free! Break out of the doldrums. Refuse to be oppressed by sin. Yield to the free gift being offered by God for your redemption. Let Him be your strong tower, safe haven, and loving Father. The heart of the Father is overwhelmingly jealous for you. Open your heart and allow the goodness of God wash over you.