Why doesn’t the Bible simply give us a list of sins?

Q. Why are there so many things that the Bible does not condemn? The Bible DOES NOT say that it is wrong to eat communion on Thursday, it DOES NOT say that it is wrong to believe in salvation by belief only, it DOES NOT say that using instruments in worship is wrong. If all these things are wrong, why doesn’t the Bible say so? Why doesn’t the Bible simply give us a list of sins?

There are many things that the Bible DOES NOT talk about. The fact that the Bible does not talk about something does not make it right or wrong in and of itself.

There are things that are wrong even though the Bible does not explicitly condemn them. The word “Rape” is not found in the Bible, yet it is universally accepted as wrong. Abusing cocaine is not specifically condemned in the Bible, but is obviously wrong.

Let’s look at a Biblical example of how to determine what is right and what is wrong.

Lev. 10:1-2
1* ¶ Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.
2* And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

God DID NOT tell Nadab and Abihu specifically NOT to use the fire they used. Nadab and Abihu ASSUMED that it would be acceptable to God even though they DID have a specified way of offering fire before the Lord. Nadab and Abihu should have followed God’s Word without adding human wants or desires.

In every example you cite above there is specific instructions given by God which we need to be aware of and obedient to. We are specifically instructed to Worship and partake of the communion on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7), the New Testament specifically mentions belief (John 8:24), repentance (Acts 17:30), confession (Rom. 10:9,10), baptism for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38) as necessary for salvation. To leave these steps out would be to disobey God. Those who use instruments in Worship have no Scriptural justification for them.

We MUST come to the Bible without prejudice and examine it’s teachings without preconceived ideas and desires. Common sense must be used as in understanding any other writing.

It would be impossible to list every conceivable sin, but I believe that once one becomes aquatinted with the principles of the Bible sin becomes very apparent. Consider Paul’s instruction in Galatians 5:

Gal. 5:19-21
19* Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20* idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
21* envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Notice verse 21 – “and things like these.” You have God given common sense to be able to determine what is right and what is wrong, what is sinful and what is acceptable to God.

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