Many Christians have said that we are no longer under the Law but under Grace. But, what does that mean? Some might go so far as saying that since it’s the Spirit that convicts us, we no longer need to abide by the Commandments. But, then how do you know you have sinned or not? Is it based on whether you feel bad? Is there then no use for the Law, at all? If not, then what use is the Old Testament? Was it Jesus or Paul who taught that we are liberated from the Law? And if Paul, then why does he carry more weight over Jesus’ strict and heightened view of the Law? Does the Gospel really stand in opposition to the Law? Or, in other words, did God make a mistake in giving his chosen people the Law since it doesn’t have a salvific value, but only merely to show their wickedness? Is this what the Gospel does: it abrogate God’s laws?
What’s the best way to justify a behavior most Christians would deem unacceptable? Redefine sin.
Recently, I’ve noticed how the definition of sin has evolved to mean an act that harms another. When the definition of sin is limited to this, then there are countless of behaviors we could be allowed to do. Such as sex reassignment, homosexual practice, lust, gossip, jealousy, overeating, suicide, drug abuse, polluting, and many more. And I know some would say, “Well, some of these can hurt people. That’s why it’s sinful.” Really? With this line of reasoning, sharing a non-gluten-free meal would be considered sinful because it just might harm someone. So, sin can’t be reduced to harming another.