Have you too wondered why sin was so evil? What does God hate it so much? Why isn’t God open to compromise?
- One definition of sin, “an organized power, a principle. ” Earth is God’s property, His harvest fields. What general would permit the enemy to set up a command post inside his fort? As captain of a ship would you allow sailors to organize and carry out a mutiny against you? Sin includes organized active, deliberate rebellion against earth’s captain.
- sin is also “missing the mark.” Would you want a soldier or policeman that could not shoot straight? How inept! Besides wasting time, he is taking up space that a sharp shooter could be occupying.
- lawlessness, – a continuing course of action. We know how addictive pet sins can be. They are not just a ‘one and done.’
- acts of disobedience to divine law – Would you as employer allow a worker to ignore job assignments? Hire rebels?
- idol worship: Millions of people today are worshipping idols. Erwin Lutzer passed on a reason why God hates idols. Unlike holy God, idols permit a sinner to remain in his sin. Idols make no call to purity and clean living. In the Old Testament idol worship and immorality are repeatedly found together – even male cult prostitutes (1 King 14.24; 15.12; Deut 23.17; Job 36.14).
Just imagine, if a holy God allowed uncleansed sinners into heaven, heaven would become filled with sin as earth is! The very nature of heaven would be defiled. Lucifer and the fallen angels sinned right up in heaven itself. God kicked them out!
No wonder God has promised to punish sin. And His holy character is on the line. Will He follow through and do it?
“Knowing this first of all, in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following their own lusts, and saying, “where is the promise of His coming?” . . . The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance . . . You there, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness.” (2 Ptr. 3.3,4,9,17 NAS).