Atheist stated: “Many Christian children view saints as role models. Their parents tell them it is better to be a saint than a sinner. Is that true? Let’s be honest, sinning can be great fun! Sex before marriage, drinking, gambling, dancing, spending money lavishly, and so on can make life exciting and worth living. When you are sinning you feel alive, yet Christians would prefer us all to be boring saints. Nonsense! To be a sinner is interesting and good. To be a saint is boring and bad. Saints are not mentally healthy, because they deny who they really are. The best way to find out who you really are is to sin repeatedly, so toss the saint role models aside and start your journey of self discovery today! Thoughts?”
Christian response to Mark…
Sensuality, ingratiating one’s flesh in sin is “fun” for a season but without-a-doubt, a man or woman who seeks sensuality over God’s Plan will reap what they sow; this truism cannot be circumvented. (Ecclesiastes 11:9) (Galatians 6:7-8)
God’s righteousness and His Plan for our lives, His edicts given through the moral law written upon our heart at conception and reiterated within His written Covenant to mankind i.e. the Bible, these laws/edicts are not recommendations but Truth if one is to live a life of peace, joy, meaning, purpose and sustainability. (Psalm 119:11)
God has provided His edicts not to destroy or inhibit our “fun” in life but He has given us His law for our own protection/sustainability because He loves His creation and desires the best for our lives. God’s way is the way of life, peace, joy, contentment. God knows the pitfalls and potholes in life and He knows our temptations and our selfish desires that will ultimately result in sorrow, grief, self-loathing and condemnation if they are pursued with aberrant lust void discipline and discernment. (Psalm 119:9-16) (Hebrews 4:15)
I have lived for 62-yrs thus far and as a young man I compromised with the flesh and yes, it was “fun” for a season but now that I reflect back on those years of selfishness, I see the damage done in my life, the damage done in the lives of others and I live with the scars on my heart in remorse; this is the scenario that our loving Creator desires for us to avoid.
Though I am forgiven of my sin and redeemed by grace thorough faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, in my mind and in my inner-man, shame and sorrow and self-indignation/loathing persists because I know that my compromise with my Lord’s will for my life was not only wrong, but my rebellion caused injury that I cannot personally atone for and some of those precious people I offended are now passed-away into Eternity.
Obedience to God’s Will and His perfect Plan is truly the ONLY way to find lasting peace, contentment, joy, that this World simply cannot provide you and that peace and joy is ONLY available through the indwelling Holy Spirit who is ONLY available to the one who honors God the Father by trusting/believing in the Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Mediator for sin leading to Eternal life.
It is written…
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” Psalm 119:9-16 (ESV)
Rickey D. Holtsclaw