The Hard Life of a ChristianJohn Collins6/10/2012 5:41:00 PMGrowing up in a MSG environment, we were told our lives were harder than the "churches of the world.". Until recently, I never questioned that statement. It wasn't until my wife noticed that there were so many more sins in the Bible than the few we were preached about that I studied the topic.
The truth of the matter is, it was much easier to live the "message life" ... At least the one the pastors I've been associated with in the message taught.
When it comes right down to it, the life of TRUE Divine Love is much harder. It was an easy ride to get into heaven by simply believing that a "prophet" had a special insight that was better than the world, or enjoying wild hunting stories.
These below are just a few of the sins in the New Testament. When the Bible says that we "sin daily," it's much easier to understand why when you realize WHAT these sins are. Having been taught that "sin is unbelief" misses the point by a mile... There's MUCH more to it than that.
Take a look through this, and see how many you fall short on during the course of your day. How many have you cried out unto God for forgiveness for recently?
1. Calling another a fool
2 looking at women with lust
4 false witness
5 Not loving your neighbor as yourself
6 evil thoughts
7 an evil eye
11 foolish talking
13 drunk with wine
2 Corinthians 12:20
33 Homosexuality both male and female
43 haters of God
47 inventors of evil things
48 disobedient to parents
49 Without understanding
51 without natural affection
1 Timothy 1:9-10
54 lawless and disobedient
57 unholy and profane
58 murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers
63 contrary to sound doctrine
66 the abominable
Also, consider this question: how many of these things were we involved in BECAUSE of the MSG? I know that I can name a few...