The discussion on the Groupsects blog around Jennifer Knapp got me thinking – Do we really know for sure when we are sinning, and if we don’t can there be true repentance for that sin?
In the OT Sin refers to the breaking of God’s law. In the NT that concept still applies, but also there is perhaps a concept of sin being anything that breaks relationship with God.
Sin is thought of as relating to breaking a moral code, however it is possibly more encompassing than that. There are sins of ommission (ie. neglecting to do something) as well as commission.
Now as Teddy said “We all sin daily and we sin much”, but how much of it are we really aware of? Lets take a couple of examples :
1. One person has a hostile relationship with his ex-wife. Is he in sin? The hostile relationship may be justified or un-justified. If its justified, presumably he is not in sin – sometimes hostilities are required in life. What about if its partially justified? What if the person tends to have hostile relationships with many people in his life? Would he be in sin in this case? But he would presumably not be aware that this pattern of sin was occurring in his life, or otherwise he would stop it.
2. An organisation hires people on 12-month contracts, but has no intention of honoring those contracts. They treat them as temporary employment agreements and they have clauses that allow the employer to terminate at will. The advantage to the organisation is that they can get people at lower rates if they offer 12 month contracts. Are the managers who made the decision in sin? Or are they making a good commercial decision in looking after their share-holders? Is it up to the employees to check every clause and are they at fault if they thought it was a fixed-term employment agreement? If someone in the organisation becomes aware of this fact, should he warn employees? Is he in sin if he dosent? What if he knows he will be sacked if he does warn the other employees, and he has dependents? Is he justified in omitting the warning and no longer in sin?
When we repent and ask for forgiveness do we need to be aware of all the sins we have committed? Is this even possible given that every action, thought and decision we make has the potential for sinning?