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More Frequestly Asked Questions

Q. Is it sinful to: like to dance?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: gossip?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: like rock and roll music?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: exert your leadership?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: exert your independence?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: be angry with parents, brothers, sisters, friends?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: kiss and make out?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: grumble about your job?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: be envious about others who have or get things?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: be jealous of others?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: be jealous or envious of others' success?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: feel physical lust for someone?

A. Well, it depends . . . If you are married, and the object of your lust is someone other than your spouse, sin might be involved. Unrealistic lust (for a distant movie star, for example) might not involve sin, where lust for a neighbor or co-worker probably would.



Q. Is it sinful to: drink alcohol?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: smoke cigarettes or cigars?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: be on welfare?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: argue?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: fight?

A. Well, it depends . . . PROBABLY.



Q. Is it sinful to: cheat?

A. Well, it depends . . . PROBABLY.



Q. Is it sinful to: steal?

A. Well, it depends . . . PROBABLY.



Q. Is it sinful to: lie?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: be rebellious?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful: for kids not to want to do chores?

A. Well, it depends . . .



Q. Is it sinful to: be mean to others or to animals?

A. Well, it depends . . . PROBABLY.



Q. Is it sinful to: hurt others in order to get something for yourself?

A. Well, it depends . . . PROBABLY.



Q. Is it sinful: for a man to strike or beat up a woman?

A. PROBABLY. Men are so much bigger and stronger than women that expressing negative emotions in a physical way is wrong.



Summary

All of these discussions involved you analyzing a particular situation to determine your ACTUAL motivation for your thoughts and actions. This is NOT the same as what you might tell others (where you KNOW it is not the full truth). It has gotten popular lately to blame abusive or alcoholic parents for everything one does "wrong" as a way to slide by the responsibility of one's acts. This trick doesn't work with God. If you are a man who has been caught beating up your spouse, you might try to rationalize your actions as having been imprinted in you as a child in an abusive family. BUT, if your actions are even partly driven by any of the following, you are commiting serious sins, even if police or judges or psychologists justify your actions: If you ENJOY beating your spouse; If you feel POWERFUL by doing it; If you feel MACHO by doing it; If you feel JUSTIFIED in doing it; If you feel she DESERVES the beatings; If you feel it's NORMAL for a man to beat his spouse. Even if no one else knows these feelings of yours, God knows! Modern society's tolerance and compassion for people who are accused of crimes often causes gentle reaction to such terrible behavior. God is not tolerant AT ALL for such behavior.

There ARE rare individuals who were very seriously affected by growing up in dysfunctional families. If the TRUE net effect is a complete lack of understanding of morals and values, where the child grows up to be an adult who TRULY doesn't comprehend the consequences of his behavior, then possibly sin might not be involved. But just trying to USE this as an EXCUSE for anti-social behavior just adds MORE sin (of deception) onto the initial sin done.

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