Sin- A Crime Against Us

Some of my friends are discussing the concept of evil (http://www.davedack.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12). I wanted to chime in on my blog, especially since I have been busy and not able to write. Here is a quote from Len Sweet in his book Out of the Question, Into the Mystery. "Sin is not primarily rebellion against God's laws or an assault on moral principles. Sin is an offense because it violates our relationship with God" (page 54).
I seem to resonate with this in my own soul. Relationship is the key. Shalom has been broken. Sweet goes on to say, "Being obedient is not the same as being right or moral." The reason for this is that there is a wide chasm between "superficial obedience and a substantive relationship." What do you all think?


  1. I perceive sin as both. It is the violation of the relationship we have with God as our Father and our rebellion against His authority in that relationship. I suppose either perspective will still result in the knowledge that His forgiveness is our only means of restoration and that our repentance is required before we can hope for that.

    I totally agree that obedience is not adherence to a set of rules. It is coming when called and going when sent without ever knowing what might be required, only trusting that He will provide all that is needed. Both trust and communication are essential elements for any healthy relationship.

  2. Hey Justin

    Thanks for mentioning the forum.

    Everyone else,

    We're not as uptight as we sound, and varying views are really appreciated. Dialogue can lead to being bigger people, so please visit it some time and speak up.