Where in the Bible is it said that ignoring a sin doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist?


Clarify Share Report Asked February 22 2024 9481f222 a4ac 4b8b aa7a 65762000486e Jeffrey Holmes

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Perhaps the question is referring to Leviticus 5:17, which states, “If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible."

Additionally, 1 John 1:8 says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

February 23 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Zachary Campbell
From a biblical perspective, ignoring sin is not the same as it not existing. Here are some key points to consider:

**Sin is acknowledged as a reality:** The Bible explicitly states that all humans have sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23). Ignoring this reality doesn't erase it. 

**Unconfessed sin separates us from God:** Proverbs 28:13 says, "Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy." Ignoring sin prevents us from acknowledging our need for God's forgiveness and hinders our relationship with Him.

**Sin can have consequences:** Even if we choose not to acknowledge it, sin can have negative consequences in our lives and relationships. Ignoring the root cause won't prevent these consequences from manifesting.

**God desires confession and repentance:** Numerous verses throughout the Bible encourage confession and repentance as pathways to forgiveness and spiritual growth (1 John 1:9, Psalm 51:17). Ignoring sin goes against this call to growth and transformation.

**The Bible uses strong metaphors for unaddressed sin:** In Isaiah 59:2, sin is described as a "veil" that separates us from God. Ignoring the veil doesn't make it disappear, and it continues to obstruct our connection.

**However, God is also merciful:** While ignoring sin is not condoned, God's love and forgiveness are boundless. Even if we have ignored our transgressions, seeking forgiveness and repentance opens the door to restoration (2 Chronicles 7:14).

**The importance of accountability:** The Bible encourages communities of faith and individual accountability (James 5:16). Ignoring sin can be easier when done in isolation, but seeking guidance and support from others can be crucial in confronting our shortcomings.

In summary, while ignoring sin might seem easier in the moment, the biblical perspective emphasizes its negative consequences and encourages confession, repentance, and seeking forgiveness. Ignoring it doesn't make it disappear, but acknowledging it opens the door to transformation and a deeper connection with God.

It's important to note that this is a brief overview and different denominations and interpretations may have varying perspectives on the specific nuances of sin and forgiveness.

February 23 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Good question, Jeffrey!

"Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it." James 4:17

There are 2 types of sins, sins of commission and sins of omission. This type is a sin of omission. 

I am a member of Quora.com, that is, a subscriber and contributor. Someone there said, "Ignoring can become a sin if we know the right thing and don't do it."

February 24 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Shirley H Wife, mother, veteran in the spiritual war we all face!
1 Timothy 1:12,13: " I give thanks to Christ Jesus who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry - even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief...."

Paul absolutely thought he was right! He was a faith warrior!

Then Acts 9:3 - 5, Paul encountered The Lord Himself. 

1Timothy 1:16: "But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience as an example to those who believe in Him for eternal life."

The whole of humanity is sinful. Paul suffered because for his unbelief. He became a vessel of Gods mercy. 

He confronted Christ, recognized his sin. And became the Apostle of the Gentiles. 

Sin is sin. Jesus stands at the door of all hearts, He has open arms.

February 26 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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