Why Should I Avoid Sin If I’ll Be Forgiven?

Statement

The blood of Jesus has paid for my sins, so I can do anything I like without worrying about the consequences.

Q1 Analysis

This is a Q1 violation if you believe that some things are wrong whether or not you will be punished for doing them, if you are wilfully misrepresenting your religion, or if you are using a religion that condemns your behavior as justification for your behavior.

Q2 Analysis

This is a Q2 violation if you would not want someone of a different religion to use their salvation as an excuse for escaping moral culpability. It is likely also a violation if you consider atheists (and those whose religion does not include post-life punishment) to be immoral when they act without fear of divine consequences.

Discussion

This statement has a several implied assumptions:

Taking these in order, does your religion hold that someone who has accepted Jesus can no longer do wrong, will no longer desire to do wrong, is no longer responsible for the wrong they do, or something else? If you are using a religious system to justify your behavior, you need to make sure that your behavior is consistent with that religious system. Otherwise you are not practicing religious morality; you are picking and choosing religious beliefs in order to justify your actions.

Are you sure that the payment for your sins applies to all possible future sins? For example, if you were to deny the existence of God and turn to a life of crime, would you still face no punishment in the afterlife? If there are at least some possible future sins that have not been paid for, which are they?

Do you truly believe that avoiding divine punishment implies that you do not need to behave by moral rules? If you believe this, then by Q2 you are inviting atheists, those who do not believe in divine punishment, and others who share your beliefs to do whatever they want without fear of your condemning their behavior.

If you think that acts for which you will not be divinely punished are not immoral or that nothing a true Christian does is immoral, you are in an even worse position than someone who believes that avoiding divine punishment makes moral rules irrelevant. You not only cannot condemn the behavior of others who think as you do, you can’t even call them immoral.

If Jesus has already paid for your sins, are you allowed to commit sins since they’re already paid for? Similarly, if someone is wrongly imprisoned for murder and serves her sentence, would she be morally justified in committing a murder since she’s already paid for one?

With all this in mind, which of the following statements are morally valid?

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on November 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: 2Q

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  1. Written by Kayla penner
    on November 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm
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    This makes allot of sence you should allso talk about the discrimination against atheist.

  2. Written by Pratik Ray
    on November 29, 2010 at 9:23 am
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    lol

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