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Sin, Repentance And Yom Kippur

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

We are not born in sin; we are each born with powerful tendencies to both good and evil and the drama of human character is in the struggle and balance between the two. The corrective mechanism is teshuva, repentance.

A Prayer of Atonement

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

From the point of view of the Jewish American community, we take responsibility for ourselves and each other and know we are all in this together. Looking back at the past year, we pray.

Lines Must Be Drawn In Syria

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

War is contrary to the will of God. That is a foundational belief of mine. Any time force is used it must be seen as a failure of the human imagination to develop the just peace needed to free the world from on-going conflicts.

Charlotte: Pride Returns to Friendlier City, Faith Community

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Victor M. Feraru

The Catholic Church probably won't start marrying gay couples anytime soon, but Francis' olive branch shows the evolution of a church whose leadership just 25 years ago issued a letter to bishops calling homosexuality an "intrinsic moral evil" and "an objective disorder."

When Sin Is a 5-Letter Word

Heather Kopp | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Heather Kopp

The original meaning of the word "sin" is to fall short of an ideal or to "miss the mark." That's all of us. Every day. But these days, we're more likely to equate sin with evil and immorality. We imbue the word with a dark and loathsome intent.

Sin Does Not Exist: Part 1

George Elerick | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

What are the sociological implications behind the notion of "sin," religious or otherwise? The claims that humans are intrinsically evil are highly problematic not solely do to the fact that the claim resides on a false-dichotomy. It only sees one-side of the story.

Who Forgives Whom?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.21.2013 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

There's long been a theological debate as to whether we sin against one another or sin against God. If we sin against one another, then forgiveness i...

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Every senseless, horrific act of violence brings up the question of good vs. evil, and when you read that children have died by violence there's even more reason to shudder and doubt.

Confessing My Ocean Sins

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Wallace J Nichols

Forgive me, Mother Ocean, for I have sinned. It has been, well, forever since my last ocean confession.

Is Income Inequality A Sin?

Ronald J. Sider | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ronald J. Sider

If we believe what the Bible says about God's concern for the poor; if we believe what the Bible says about justice; then we must denounce the gross inequality of opportunity and income in our country today as blatantly sinful.

By Pointed Fingers

Ron Nikkel | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

During this Lenten season as I reflect on all of the pious and self-righteous fingers of accusation that were pointing at Jesus, I realize how frequently I point my finger at the faults of other people even though Jesus points not at them or at me but to the dust of our common humanity.

Reimagining Lent By Rethinking Repentance

John Thatamanil | Posted 05.02.2013 | Religion
John Thatamanil

Might Lent be reimagined as a season of joy? Yes, but only if we rethink "sin" and "repentance."

Virtual Vices Show Shift In American Morality

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and...

The Generals' Affairs Shouldn't Surprise Christians

Richard Brand | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The fact that we see the sinfulness of others ought to remind us again of our own sinful nature, our own potential for such actions and evoke from us a little humility and compassion for all.

Reframing The Seven Deadly Sins

Laurie Israel | Posted 11.15.2012 | Religion
Laurie Israel

Perhaps my pondering on repentance during September led me to think of the sins that I've committed during the past year. I started wondering, could the Seven Deadly Sins could be reframed into something more positive?

God As Heart Surgeon

Max Lucado | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Max Lucado

Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart -- poisoned as it is with pride and pain -- and replacing it with his own. Rather than tell you to change, he creates the change.

Both Sides Of Sin

Richard Brand | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

There is a prayer of confession of sin that asks for forgiveness for "those things that we have done that we ought not to have done and for those things that we have not done that we ought to have done." There are glaring examples of both in the news.

Sin in Aurora, Colorado

Michael Pettinger | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Someone will object that all this talk about sin ignores the obvious fact that someone like James Holmes is plagued by delusions. No doubt, but so are we all. The stone throwing has already begun.

Sin And Chewing Gum

Derek Flood | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

We need to care about hurting each other, we need to be active in making things right. Because, to paraphrase Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount: You are worth much more to God than chewing gum.

4 Cringe-worthy Claims Of Popular Penal Substitution Theology

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Problems in popular penal substitution theology might be a reflection of the "juvenilization" of American evangelical Christianity. When church becomes youth group for adults, explanations that speak on a teenage level become the norm for everybody.

An Open Letter To Piers Morgan

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

I believe you have been promoting bigotry and helping to perpetrate a fraud. During both of your interviews with Pastor Joel Osteen, you let the religious leader tell your audience that Scripture calls homosexuality a sin. But you didn't ask him where the Bible says that.

Bristol Palin And The Blind Man Healed By Jesus

Michael Pettinger | Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Sin is not about breaking rules. Rather, it is resistance to the creative power of God. Those who thought that they were on the side of God are revealed to be profoundly wrong. We might even call them hypocrites.

John Edwards Is A Sinner, Yes. But A Criminal?

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

As a husband, he failed. As a father, he failed. Yet these seem to be issues best left to be resolved between Edwards and God, not a court of law. There is every reason to believe the case against Edwards is overreach.

Remember That You Are Divine

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

For some people, every day is already a painful reminder that they are made of dust. For these people, sin is not so much about pride, but rather the failure to have a healthy sense of self-esteem and love for oneself.

The Irony of 'Love the Sinner But Hate the Sin'

Aaron Anson | Posted 03.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Aaron Anson

Should we love both the sinner and the sin? For Christians to hate either one or both is to hate oneself. Our greatest enemy is the one we look at in the mirror each day.