Sin: Everyone’s Favorite Topic

I just heard a fascinating statistic recently that I would never have guessed on my own. The Bible was divided up into chapters and verses in the late 1500s (no, it wasn’t written that way). We now have a total of 1189 chapters in Scripture. I’m sure glad they did that. Finding stuff would be a little tough without them. That’s not the interesting stat, however. What’s intriguing is that only four of those chapters don’t mention sin—four.

I haven’t been able to cross check that as fact, but I’ll take the guy at his word for now. Snopes is, apparently, not big on sin. Up until now, I didn’t think anyone was big on sin. I was wrong. From the sounds of it, it was in the top ten list for the writers of Scripture. Now, I’d kind of like to know which four chapters avoided the topic.

Obviously, a knowledge of sin is important. If we don’t understand that we’re sinners, we don’t see the need for a Savior. If we don’t see the need for a Savior, we’re doomed. I guess that’s why the Biblical scribes fleshed it out for us so often. Ignorance is no excuse.

Psychology Has Replaced Scripture

We live in a time when large segments of the world’s population have explained sin away—or, at least, try to do so. Even preachers avoid the subject. They substitute things like positive thinking and practicing moral behavior. Psychology has replaced Scripture in many pulpits.

As I think about it, I guess it shouldn’t be so difficult to believe that the topic of sin is raised in almost every chapter. It’s tough to talk about anything in life without bringing up the subject. We all sin—a lot. It’s a hefty part of the human condition. An objective look at ourselves reveals that fact. The Bible simply (and clearly) points out what should be obvious to us all.

The Apostle Paul gave us the famous line that says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The “all” includes you and me. I don’t care who you are. Fortunately, he immediately points to the solution to our sin problem—Jesus. His grace and forgiveness are the antidotes to the malediction we have no other way of curing.

Earning Your Way

Jesus, himself, was quick to point out humanity’s shortcomings as well. He was once approached by a rich young man who wanted into Heaven in the worst way. He asked Jesus what good thing he had to do to gain eternal life. Jesus heard the word “good” and immediately informed him that no one is good except God. In other words, if you attempt to earn your way in, you’ll fail.

His alternative? Sell everything, give it away, and come, follow me (Jesus). The important part of that is the “follow me.” The man never even got close because his wealth got in the way. If only he had realized what was right in front of him.

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.