The Problem with Sin

by Tim Leahy

The problem with sin is that it separates and destroys. It destroyed humanity’s relationship with God, it destroys relationships between people, and it destroys us individually.

Before we go further let me define sin. Sin is disobedience/rebellion. It is doing what we have been told not to do or failing to do what we have been instructed to do by God.

Let me also clear up a common misrepresentation of God. He is not a control freak or the Divine cop waiting to bust us. He is our Heavenly Father (Ephesians 1:2-3) who loves us and wants what’s best for us.

As our Heavenly Father, He has provided rules for us to live by because He knows what’s best for us and He doesn’t want us to be destroyed by sin. This is no different than us as parents. We don’t let our kids play in traffic or play with venomous snakes because we don’t want harm to come to them. We want to protect them, just as our Heavenly Father wants to protect us from the destructiveness of sin.

The Origin of Sin

According to God, sin came about because the first humans (Adam and Eve) disobeyed Him. In Genesis 2:15-17, God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and warned him if he did he would die. The word “die” (death) means separation. God was telling Adam if he disobeyed (sin) he would be separated from Him (spiritual death) [Isaiah 59:2] and he would begin physically dying and would be physically separated from his body and life on earth (Genesis 5:5).

This one act of disobedience destroyed the perfect relationship between God and man, and affected all of humanity (Roman 5:12). Because God is our loving Heavenly Father He did not leave us in our separated and destructive condition. He did something about it. He provided a Way to restore our relationship with Him and a Way for us not to have to live with sin’s destructive consequences. This Good News is called the Gospel – click here for details. God’s solution was Jesus.

What Constitutes Sin?

As I previously mentioned, sin is disobedience/rebellion. It is doing what we have been told not to do or failing to do what we have been instructed to do by God.

Sin is what God says it is in His written revelation known as the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). It’s not a matter of opinion. Humans don’t determine what is and what isn’t sin, God does. Therefore, it is important to know what God says (Click here to read “Why Read The Bible”).

There are sins of the mind (Matthew 5:28-29; 1 John 3:15); sins of the mouth – taking God’s name in vain, lying, cursing, being mean to others (Ephesians 4:29, 5:4, Colossians 3:8) there are sins of the flesh – theft, drunkenness, murder, rape, fornication, adultery , homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 5:16). This is not a complete list, but you get the general idea. All sin damages and destroys. It damages our relationship with God, our relationship with others and even how we feel about ourselves.

As I mentioned earlier, because God loves us, He does not want our relationship with Him (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9), or others to be damaged and destroyed, so He provided a Solution.

God’s Solution for Sin

If you took the time to read The Gospel you discovered that God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in our place to pay the penalty for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 4:25) so we could be freed from sin’s destructive consequences now and for eternity (Romans 6:18).

We do not have to live separated from God or be captive to sin’s destructive consequences. He has given us the choice to receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and restoration through faith (Romans 6: 23; Ephesians 2:8-9).

Our Choice Regarding Sin

The choice is yours. You can trust that Jesus died for your sins to reconcile you to God and commit your life to living God’s Way, or you can reject God’s gift and live your way. God will honor your choice. To receive Jesus, please click here.

As followers of Jesus we do not have to live in sin (Romans 6:1-5). That doesn’t mean we won’t sin, it just means we don’t have to continue to live in sin. He has given us a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:9-10), His Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans 8:11), and He given us His Spirit and His Word/Bible to transform us (Romans 12:1-2).

Therefore, as followers of Jesus we can choose to live His way – believing and following His way, or we can live in sin and live a defeated, destructive and unfulfilled life. The choice is ours. Jesus said He came to give us a full and abundant life (John 10:10), therefore, why live in sin? If you have questions and want to talk to someone about all of this, please click here.

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Power Failure

by Tim Leahy

Many Christians struggle to live the abundant life (John 10:10) God created them for because they fail to grasp the abiding principle found in John 15:1-12. Jesus tells us that we are branches that must remain attached to Him (The Vine). In other words, we must realize that our life depends on being attached to Jesus at all times in order to live His way. It’s His power (Spirit) that allows us to live His way.

A modern way of communicating this truth is that Jesus is the power outlet, we are the cord. If we are not plugged in to Him we have no power. We are a light that doesn’t work.

We are either attached or we are not. We can’t attach or un-attach ourselves, it doesn’t work that way (John 6:44). However, things can block the power or nutrients from getting through. Things like allowing others things consume our time, minds, and emotions.

Example: We decide we don’t want to read and study God’s Word; we decide we don’t want to do what we know God has told us to do; we decided to do things our way and not His way. Another name for this is self-reliance, rebellion, sin. We may have a time management issue – we fail to make time for God; we allow other things to crowd/push God out. Reality Check – we make time for the things we want to make time for. We choose other things over God (Luke 6:46)

Christians fail to live the abundant life (John 10:10) that Jesus died to give us because they are living their way and not His. Repent, turn from self-sufficiency to Christ-sufficiency.  Stay connected to the Vine (John 15:1).

Why do people fail to live the abundant life God created them to live? One, they don’t want to (they have rejected Jesus). Two, they don’t know or understand the Gospel (the good news that through Jesus – God Offers Salvation Providing Eternal Life). Three, they have a blockage – they are allowing other things to separate them from God’s power.

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14 Time Periods Of The Bible

9 Old Testament Periods of Time3,607 Years of His-story

[Dates based on Bishop James Ussher calculations, in his classic survey of world history – The Annals of the World.]

A.M. counts up from the date of creation, B.C. counts down from the birth of Christ]

  1. Pre-Patriarchal Era (Genesis 1-11) [0-1757 A.M.   4004-2247 B.C.] Creation the creation of all things, Fall – the corruption of all things, Flood – the condemnation of all things, Nations – the confusion of all things. 1,757 years of His-story.
  1. Patriarchs Era  (Genesis 12-50) [2083-2315 A.M. 1921-1689 B.C. ] – The Creation of the Hebrew Nation. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. 232 years of His-story.
  1. Exodus Era –  (Exodus and Numbers) [2298-2513 A.M.  1706-1491 B.C. ] The Captivity and Deliverance of the Hebrew Nation.  215 years of His-story.
  1. Conquest Era –  (Joshua) [2553-2578 A.M. 1451-1426 B.C.]      The Conquest of the Land Promised to the Hebrew Nation.                25 years of His-story.
  1. Judges Era – (Judges; Ruth) [2595-2909 A.M. 1409-1095 B.C.] Those who ruled Israel after Joshua to Samuel (14).                                The Continual Conquest and Continuous Cycles of Israel’s Clamorous Climb to Nationhood. 314 years of His-story.
  1. Kingdom EraIsrael’s rejection of God as King.                                         United Kingdom (1&2 Sam, 1Kings, 1 Ch, Ps-SOS)                                [2909-3029 A.M.  1095-975 B.C.] 3 Kings that ruled 40 years each: Saul, David, Solomon.120 years of His-Story.                              Divided Kingdom (2 Kings, 2 Ch, Isa-Zeph) [3029-3397 A.M.         975-607 B.C.] – Northern Kingdom goes into Assyrian Captivity 721 B.C. – never returned from captivity.                                               368 years of His-story.                                                         
  1. Exile Era – (Ezekiel & Daniel) [3405-3475 A.M. 607-537 B.C.] Southern Kingdom goes into Babylonian Captivity. 606 B.C.          70 years of His-story
  1. Return Era – (Ezra, Nehemiah, Ester, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)        [3476-3615 A.M. 536-397 B.C. ]  3 Jewish remnants return to rebuild Jerusalem. 139 years of His-Story.
  1. Silence Era[3615- 4004 A.M.  397- 6-4 B.C.] God’s final preparation of the world for the promised Messiah/Savior.

5 New Testament Time Periods: 100-102 Years of His-Story

  1. Messianic/Gospel Era  [6-4 B.C. – AD 33] Good News (God Offers Salvation Providing Eternal Life) The fulfillment of the Old Testament Prophecies about God’s promised     Deliverer/Messiah.
  1. Gospel/Church Era – AD 33 – Present (1,986 years as of AD 2019) God prepares the bride of Christ – those who live for Jesus as Savior and Lord (Times of the Gentiles – Luke 21:24).  ***
  1. Tribulation Era – 7 years (Antichrist in Israel) – Final preparation of Israel.  Armageddon – Jesus returns to earth, destroys Satan’s army and binds Satan for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3).
  1. Millennial Kingdom Era1000 year reign of Jesus in Jerusalem.   Satan’s Final Battle – Satan is released at the end of the 1,000 years for one final battle where Jesus destroys Satan’s army by the power of His Word, then throws Satan and his demons into the Lake of Fire for eternity (Revelation 20:7-10).

14. Eternal Kingdom Era – Perfection Restored: New Heaven and               Earth (Revelation 21)

*** There are different beliefs about what is known as the “Rapture”. Some believe the followers of Jesus will be taken up to Heaven before the start of the “Tribulation Era” (pre-trib), and others believe it will take place at some point during the “Tribulation Era” (mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-trib). Click here to read about the different “Rapture” views.

The information on these pages are man’s best guess at calculating the Bibles historical timeline and are therefore fallible, only the Word of God is inerrant and infallible.

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Evidence For God

Intelligent Design – An intelligent design needs an intelligent designer, buildings need a builder and an intelligent creation needs an intelligent Creator (Gen 1:1).

Science – The laws of science support the existence of God and His created universe.  The Law of Biogenesis says that only living things can produce or create living things (Gen 1:1). The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics says that everything goes from order to disorder – everything falls apart (Gen 3-5). Mendel’s Genetic Laws verify that animals reproduce after their own kind (Gen.1:21-26).

 The Bible – The Bible tells us about God because the Bible is from God (2 Pet 1:20-21  & 2 Tim 3:16-17).

The Existence and Life of Jesus of Nazareth is historically indisputable.

The Existence of Morals demands a moral lawgiver.

 The Human Experience Throughout history all people (mankind) have universally believed in a Creator/God.  Since the time of Christ people/societies throughout the world have experienced universal transformation.

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Evidence That The Bible Is The Word of God

Evidence That The Bible Is The Word of God:
  1. God tells us that He is the Author  (2 Peter 1:20-21 & 2 Timothy 3:15-17)
  1. The Old Testament and New Testament Authors understood they were writing the Word of God. Common Old Testament phrase – “Thus saith the Lord”. The Apostle Peter confirmed the Apostle Paul’s writings as Scripture (2 Peter 3:16).
  1. Its Amazing Unity – written over a 1,400-year period by over 40 writers from different socio-economic, professional and educational backgrounds. Written in 3 different languages on 3 different continents, yet it tells one unified story of God’s love for the world – telling us that He would send a Savior who would save us and restore us to God by dying for our sins, which separates us from Him.
  1. Its Historical Accuracy – as verified by archeology, which has never contradicted the Bible, but only confirms and silences its critics.
  1. Its Prophetical Accuracy – as verified by the life and person of Jesus Christ, and His fulfilling the 300 plus messianic prophecies. The likelihood of one person fulfilling just 7 of the 300 prophesies is like picking out the only silver dollar with a red dot on it while blind-folded, standing knee deep in an area the size of Texas.  Fulfilling 48 would be mathematically impossible.  Prophecy is like an address, it points to one person or one event.
  1. Its Scientific Accuracy – as verified by providing scientific facts three to four thousand years before modern science discovered them. (Isa. 40:22 – The earth is round; Job 26:7 – The earth is suspended in space; Gen 1:24 -Mendel’s Genetic Laws: kind reproducing after its own kind; Gen 3-5 (The fall) – The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, order to disorder).
  1. Its Universal Influence Upon Civilization – life is as it is because of Jesus and the testimony of His Word. (Hospitals, schools, charitable organizations, equality for all people…)
  1. Its Life-Changing Power – millions of lives universally transformed throughout history.
  1. Its Indestructibility – it has survived mans numerous attempts to destroy it throughout human history (Voltare).
  1. Its Care and Copy – The Jewish system for copying Jewish literature guarantees its accuracy as verified by the “Dead Sea Scrolls”.
  1. Its Amazing Circulation – The Bible is the best selling, most read book in human history.
  1. Its Absolute Honesty – The Bible tells the good, the bad, and the ugly about its people and their history.
3 Tests of Historical Reliability of Ancient Literature:
  1. The Bibliographical Test – The number of manuscripts in existence and the length of time between the original manuscript and the existing manuscripts.
  1. The Internal Evidence – What the document says about itself. Was the author(s) an eyewitness to the events they recorded, and did they know what they were talking about.
  1. The External Evidence – Do outside sources confirm the events and accuracy of the events, such as literary sources and archaeological sources?
2 Reasons Why We Can Have Confidence in the Reliability of the Old Testament:
  1. Its Care & Copy – the incredibly meticulous and accurate system that the Jewish scribes had for copying any type of literature.
  1. The Historical Verification of the accuracy of Jewish literature as demonstrated by the “Dead Sea Scrolls”. When the “Dead Sea Scroll” manuscripts (125 B.C) were compared  with the oldest previous manuscript (A.D. 1008) –1133 year gap, they were virtually identical.
3 Reasons Why We Can Have Confidence in the Reliability of the New Testament:
  1. Eyewitnesses wrote the New Testament.
  1. The original audience were also eyewitnesses to the events recorded and would have rejected the documents if they were fraudulent – this was not the case.
  1. The New Testament has 24,633 surviving manuscripts with the oldest manuscript being 125 years removed from the original events, which is far superior to any ancient literature in existence. The nearest competitor has 120 surviving manuscripts, a thousand years removed from the original document or event yet no one questions their validity.

 Some of the greatest skeptics have become some of the greatest defenders of the Christian faith because the evidence is incredibly convincing. 

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Additional information about My Story

I’m including additional information because it falls in the TMI (too much information) category for the “My Story” article. Here I will share a little deeper about why I created LMIQ.org, giving a little more insight to why I do what I do.

I believe whole-heartedly that Jesus died for everyone on planet earth so we could have a personal and eternal relationship with our Creator. I also believe that Jesus gives every follower the privilege and mandate to tell others about Him (Matthew 28:18-20).

LMIQ.org gives me and anyone else the opportunity to tell others about Jesus. This can be done through Facebook or any of the other social media services. This is also accomplished through the LMIQ  E-Cards. Click here to learn more about sharing Jesus using the            E-Cards.

Another reason for LMIQ.org is technology. There are millions of people we will never meet or have the opportunity to talk to about Jesus. With today’s technology we have an opportunity to reach these people through Facebook or any of the other social media services. One message can be shared and spread like fire. We strike the match, God uses the flame (John 6:44; John 6:65).

The reality is that we can only have so many relationships where we can personally impact others for Jesus. However, we come in contact with new people every day, most of whom we will never meet again this side of Heaven. These divine appointments are opportunities to communicate and provide them with the Gospel (the good news that God loves them and has an amazing plan and purpose for their lives). This is known as planting a seed. Although we are not responsible for what they do with the seed, we are responsible for planting it.

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