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Sin is Folly

September 15, 2011

The relationship between sin and foolishness is unmistakable.  If God is the height of wisdom and his law the pinnacle of discernment, then to go against God and his will is to engage in sinful folly. In the book Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin, Cornelius Plantinga, Jr writes:

“The shortest and clearest way to state the relation between sin and folly is to say that not all folly is sin, but all sin is folly. Sin is both wrong and dumb. Indeed, wherever the follies are playing, sin is the main event. Sin is the world’s most impressive example of folly.

What is it about sin that makes it so foolish? Sin is the wrong recipe for good health; sin is the wrong gasoline to put in the tank; sin is the wrong road to take in order to get home. In other words, sin is finally futile.”

All of us are born into the follies of sin.  We have to be reborn into the wisdom of God. Consequently, not only is Christ for us our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, but also our wisdom (1Cor. 1:30).  We made not always do the wisest thing. We may not always live the most discerning lives.  However, if we have faith in Christ, if Christ is for us, then he is our wisdom.  In Christ we are wise in God’s eyes.

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