Sin

Sin

Professional, peer-reviewed papers about the nature, origin, consequences, forgiveness, and end of sin from a biblical perspective.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Curse

The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Curse

Dr. Danny R. Faulkner • Nov. 13, 2013

Many recent creationists believe that the second law of thermodynamics came into being as a result of the Fall or the curse. I argue that this is not supported by Scripture nor science.

Hebrew Metaphysic

Hebrew Metaphysic

Doug Kennard • Dec. 31, 2008

Metaphysical development in Hebrew biblical texts is especially elucidated through a series of word studies with a shifting emphasis that each cross-pollinates the others.

Sin in Answers Research Journal

The Bible’s teaching on sin is a crucial topic. What is sin? When was the first sin? What were the consequences of that sin? How does sin affect our thinking and behavior? Today, most people don’t like to think about sin or admit that they are sinners. But denying or ignoring reality only leads to problems.

Some of the key passages related to the nature, origin, and consequences of sin are found in the Bible in Genesis 2–6; Isaiah 53:6; Mark 7:20–23; Romans 1:18–32, 3:9–23, 5:12–14; and Ephesians 2:1–3. In these passages, we learn that Adam and Eve, the first two humans, sinned by rebelling against God’s clear command. As a result, they immediately died spiritually (i.e., their relationship with God was broken) and they began to die physically. All their descendants have been born with a sin nature and a naturally rebellious heart, are separated from God, and are under the sentence of death. Sin distorts our thinking and causes us to suppress and deny truth, which affects our relationships, our decisions, our values, and our thinking about the world, including our scientific study of the world.

The Bible also says that man cannot solve his problem of sin, but that through God’s chosen people (Israel) God provided one Savior (Messiah), Jesus Christ, so that anyone who acknowledges and turns from his sin (repents) and trusts in the substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ will be forgiven and restored to a right relationship with God. Key scriptures teaching this include prophecies about the coming Messiah (e.g., Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14, 9:1–7, 52:13–53:12) and declarations after the Messiah Jesus was conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary (e.g., Matthew 1:18–25; Luke 2:1–12, 24:44–47; John 3:16–21; Acts 4:12, 16:30-31; Romans 3:21–26, 5:1, 6:23, 10:9–11; I Corinthians 15:3–8). One day Jesus Christ will return and put an end to sin and death (e.g., Romans 8:18–25; 1 Corinthians 15:51–57; 2 Peter 3:10–13; Revelation 21:3–5, 22:3).

The aim of these research papers in Answers Research Journal (ARJ) is to deeply consider the nature of sin, its consequences, what God has done about it and will do about it, how has sin affected the physical creation, and how does sin impact scientific research and theories. Our journal considers these issues in the light of biblical teaching, historical developments, current circumstances, and scientific proclamations.


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