Sunday, February 14, 2010

Guilty! - Forgiven...

All religions deal with guilt. Only Christianity provides free and complete forgiveness through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on our behalf.

Even in todays passage, God defines guilt, and provides for forgiveness and covering for that guilt.

“If you are called to testify about something you have seen or that you know about, it is sinful to refuse to testify, and you will be punished for your sin.

2 “Or suppose you unknowingly touch something that is ceremonially unclean, such as the carcass of an unclean animal. When you realize what you have done, you must admit your defilement and your guilt."

Sin? - Guilt.
Followed by confession - offering - and forgiveness.

5 “When you become aware of your guilt in any of these ways, you must confess your sin. 6 Then you must bring to the Lord as the penalty for your sin a female from the flock, either a sheep or a goat. This is a sin offering with which the priest will purify you from your sin, making you right with the Lord.[a]


7 “But if you cannot afford to bring a sheep, you may bring to the Lord two turtledoves or two young pigeons as the penalty for your sin. One of the birds will be for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering."

Again:
Sin? - Guilt.
Followed by confession - offering - and forgiveness.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, 15 “If one of you commits a sin by unintentionally defiling the Lord’s sacred property, you must bring a guilt offering to the Lord. The offering must be your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value with silver, as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel.[c] 16 You must make restitution for the sacred property you have harmed by paying for the loss, plus an additional 20 percent. When you give the payment to the priest, he will purify you with the ram sacrificed as a guilt offering, making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven.

Again:
Sin? - Guilt.
Followed by confession - offering - and forgiveness.

17 “Suppose you sin by violating one of the Lord’s commands. Even if you are unaware of what you have done, you are guilty and will be punished for your sin. 18 For a guilt offering, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value. Through this process the priest will purify you from your unintentional sin, making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven. 19 This is a guilt offering, for you have been guilty of an offense against the Lord.”

God knows we commit sins.
Our consciense knows we commit sins.

Psychology teaches us to ignore or override our consciense. It doesn't work.

God shows us how to confess, make atonement for, and recieve forgiveness for, sin.

1 comment:

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I hope you had a great weekend
God bless you and have a wonderful week,
Ron