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The Hard Life of a Christian

John 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?

Matthew 5:22
1. Calling another a fool

Matthew 5:28
2 looking at women with lust

Matthew 19:18-19
3 stealing
4 false witness
5 Not loving your neighbor as yourself

Mark 7:21-22
6 evil thoughts
7 an evil eye
8 foolishness

Ephesians 5:3-7
9 impurity
10 filthiness
11 foolish talking
12 jesting
13 drunk with wine

2 Corinthians 12:20
14 swellings
15 tumults

Galatians 5:19-21
16 Adultery
17 fornication
18 uncleanness
19 lasciviousness
20 Idolatry
21 witchcraft
22 hatred
24 emulations
25 wrath
26 strife
27 seditions
28 heresies
29 Envyings
30 murders
31 drunkenness
32 revellings

Romans 1:26-32
33 Homosexuality both male and female
34 unrighteousness
35 wickedness
36 covetousness
37 maliciousness
38 debate
39 deceit
40 malignity
41 whisperers
42 Backbiters
43 haters of God
44 despiteful
45 proud
46 boasters
47 inventors of evil things
48 disobedient to parents
49 Without understanding
50 covenantbreakers
51 without natural affection
52 implacable
53 unmerciful

1 Timothy 1:9-10
54 lawless and disobedient
55 ungodly
56 sinners
57 unholy and profane
58 murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers
59 whoremongers
60 menstealers
61 liars
62 perjury
63 contrary to sound doctrine

Revelation 21:8
64 fearful
65 unbelieving
66 the abominable
67 sorcerers

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...