Is it questionable?
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)
Notice the concluding statement. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. At the end of all of your contemplation, if you still have doubts about certain things, it is proper to search things out further than to continue in doubtful activities.
We only have a few short years on this earth. The world recognizes this. Thus, their philosophy is to live life to the fullest now, since you only live once. Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die (I Corinthians 15:32). In light of their denial of the resurrection, this philosophy is actually appropriate. However, the world is wrong. We will live again. There is a resurrection from the dead. Our lives ought to reflect that truth by living contrary to the world's philosophy, especially since we know better. Where does your entertainment stand when held up to the light of Scripture?
1 - Mid-to-late 20th-century translations change the wording here to make this a reference to the sin offering, rather than sin or guilt in general. Prior to the 20th century, this was not the case and the change here is suspect given that the same Hebrew word here (although frequently translated as sin offering in the context of Levitical worship) appears in Jer. 51:5 and is translated consistently in the same modern English translations as "guilt" or "wickedness," presumably because there is no way to force the word "sin offering" into the context! [Return]
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