Sin has very serious consequences when it comes to the relationship between the sinner and God. These results include divine disfavor, guilt, punishment, and death. Sin also has consequences that affect the individual sinner, including enslavement, flight from reality, denial of sin, self-deceit, insensitivity, self-centeredness, and restlessness. These effects on the sinner have social implications in competition, inability to empathize, rejection of authority, and inability to love.
- How do the Old and New Testaments compare in their understanding of sin and its effects?
- How is sin related to death?
- What effects of sin are evident in the sinner?
- What are the consequences of sin in relation to other human beings?
- Assuming you were writing a sermon or lesson on sin, how would you impress upon your audience the seriousness of sin?