Is there a biblical list of sins?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
We often think that our lives can be simplified if we just have a checklist to follow. We have shopping lists, to-do lists, wish lists, and more. Surely, if God wants us to have success in living f...

July 01 2013 3 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Grant Abbott Child of Father, Follower of Son, Student of Spirit
As mentioned in other answers there is no complete "list" of sins in the bible. There are lots of "Do Not" lists which are included as examples and warnings for us.

I believe it is more helpful to have a clear definition of sin in order to know what to avoid. The definition of sin is actually quite simple to remember:

"Sin is rebellion against the will of God"
God only gave Adam and Eve one commandment. "Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you will die". Once they ate, sin or rebellion against God, entered the human race.

But why does God have a "will" for our lives?

In Psalm 139:13-16 we discover the following:
God formed my inward parts and wove me in my mother's womb
I am fearfully and wonderfully made
My frame was made in secret by God and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth
God saw my unformed substance
God wrote in his book all the days that were ordained for my life before a single day even came to pass

And Jeremiah 29" 11-13 tells us:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

God's will is the "Do" list of our lives. As I understand the teachings of scripture, this is actually quite a short list of 4 principles:

1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength
[Matt 22:37-40; Mark 10:29-34; Luke 10:26-28]
We love God by doing His will (putting him in first place in our lives) every moment of every day

2. Love our neighbour as ourself
[Matt 22:37-40; Mark 10:29-34; Luke 10:26-28; Gal 5:13-14; Jam 2:8]
We love other people by seeing their needs in life and then delivering God's blessings to them

3. Believe (Have Faith) in our Lord Jesus Christ
[Heb 11:6; 1John 3:16-24]
We live by faith when we believe and trust that Jesus is moulding and shaping our soul every day, so we will become the person that God created us to be, because that is the person we take into eternity

4. Walk (Live Life) by the Holy Spirit
[Rom 12:2; Gal 5:16-18]
We walk by the Holy Spirit when we allow Him to teach us God's will - what is good, pleasing, and perfect in God's sight and when we allow him to guide us every moment of every day to avoid what is harmful and to fulfil God's plan for us

When we focus on "Doing" these 4 things there will be no time to worry about any "Do Not" lists

November 15 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Gene Farmer
Romans 14:23... For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. (ESV) 

James 4:17- So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (ESV) 

1-John 3:4- Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (ESV) 

James 2:10- For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. (ESV)

March 11 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Img 3185 %282%29 Meluleki Maphosa Amateur Bible Student
In order to adequately attend to this question, it is important to comprehensively first define what sin is. Can it be limited to a list somewhere in the Bible? 

Life would be simple if God simply reduced His requirements to us to a simple list. On the surface sin may appear to be the actions we take or omissions hence the desire for a list to ensure conformity. If this were true then righteousness would be as simple as just ticking off from the list and we are holy. However a closer look will reveal that sin is far deeper than simple actions. 

Jesus’s encounter with the rich young ruler Lk 18: 18-23 dispels all notions of sin being limited to actions or things that you can tick off a list because it would appear that Jesus suddenly added another requirement which wasn’t there. The Sermon on the Mount is even more onerous that the 10 Commandments! It would appear that to Jesus sin is much more than breaking the Commandments. By same token righteousness would appear to be much more than just complying with a list of rules. 

It would appear that sin has to do with our relationship with God. Once that relationship is broken or disturbed to whatever degree actions or lack of them follow. Those actions give voice to what we would have become. The reaction of Adam to God’s presence in Gen 3:8 is a classic example of what sin does to us – it breaks our relationship with God and we run away from Him – the source of life. If we have a loving relationship with God, and our lives are led daily by the Holy Spirit keeping the 10 Commandments is not an issue. 

Restoring that relationship between humans and God was Christ’s primary objective on earth. Once we have this living and growing relationship with God restored our relations as humans down here are also set right. No one is going to need a law that says do not steal from your neighbour, do not murder, do not commit adultery against one another etc. If our relationship with God is right it doesn’t need a list of rules. In my view humanity needed the 10 Commandments because the relationship was broken in other words sin had already entered. We see Cain killing his brother and it’s called sin. In truth in Gen 4:6-7. God actually says to Cain sin is at the door, it wants to break our relationship, if you allow it worse will follow. The murder wasn’t an accident it was premeditated and carefully planned. The murder was an expression of what Cain had become. 

Whilst the 10 Commandments may appear to be a list of sins not to be committed, the point being made is that you may to tick off on all of them and still find yourself in hell. In Mat 25:31-46 Jesus makes it clear that millions will be rejected from heaven not because they didn’t break rules from a list, but because they didn’t show simple love and compassion. Remember that the hearers of this teaching by Jesus were steadfast commandment keepers and they must have been shocked and disappointed. 

This also brings us to another very critical point about heaven. We will not be saved into heaven because of what WE do but because of what CHRIST did for us. The parable of the Wedding Garment in Mat 22:1-14 sheds light on the questions that will be asked at judgement. Only one question will be asked – why are you not wearing the garment? The garment is freely given to all without discrimination – the righteousness of Christ. The only requirement is that you wear it. 

If you try and work your way to heaven through good deeds (your own righteousness) it is likened to filthy rags in Isa 64:6 and Zech 3:1-5. Therefore our energies must be focused on finding Christ and creating a living and growing relationship with Him. The rest will fall into place. Whether you fall once or a million times that isn’t an issue we have a High Priest in heaven who forgives our sin as long as we confess to Him. Trying to conform to a list that describes sin is called LEGALISM it will never get you eternal life.

September 10 2017 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Bernita Rainey Missionary and Minster wife
No there not a complete list but galatians 5: 19-21 list the works of the flesh we knew that the works of the flesh dont mix with the fruits of the spirit which is galatians 5: 23-28

November 20 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini makenzie wrigt
The bible doesn't have a direct description of sins but it does have rules or guide lines that you should follow through out the bible an which you should from my personal choice of wisdom

January 13 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
No, there is not a complete list of sins anywhere in the Bible, but Michael mentioned sins of commission which the Rabbis had codified into 613 laws, and 365 of these were prohibitions ("Thou shalt not …", 1 for each day of the year!) If you did 1 or more or these, you were committing (a) sin/sins. That leaves, more or less, 248 positive commands, and if you failed to fulfill even 1 of these, you were guilty of a sin of omission. 

Sins of omission are wrong: "whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin" (James 4:17).

The longest incomplete list to my knowledge is in Galatians 5:19-21 (17-18 sins). But other sins are disobedience (Genesis 3:6), drunkenness (Gen. 9:21; Eph. 5:18), Sodomy (Gen. 19; Rom. 1:24-32), incest (Gen. 19:33-38; 1 Cor. 5:1 - "It is reported commonly [that there is] fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife."), lying (Gen. 26:7-8; Eph. 4:25), etc. 

For a more complete list of sins see 40 Sins that WILL send you to Hell... - peacebyjesus.

Or biblestudytools:
16 Top Bible Verses About Sin - Encouraging Scripture

Or click on Bible verse by Topic, and then click on Sin Bible verses.

Compelling Truth (CompellingTruth.org is an outreach of www.GotQuestions.org) writes, "With all of these ways to sin, it is easy to feel like giving up or not even trying. Yet this feeling of inadequacy is what God uses to show us our need for a Savior. The more aware we are of our guilt, the more we depend on Him. It all starts with a relationship with Christ and the experience of having new life (John 3:16).

After God saves us, we have the ability to say "no" to sin:

"So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace" (Romans 6:11-14)."

Most importantly, there is hope for us who have committed sins of various kinds: This is the remedy:

"Jesus Christ bore sin on the cross

2 Corinthians 5:21 See also Isaiah 53:10-12; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:24

Jesus Christ has redeemed people by taking their place

Matthew 20:28 pp Mark 10:45 See also Galatians 3:13; 1 Timothy 2:6; Titus 2:14" --biblehub.com

December 18 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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