What is Heaven?
For those that endure tribulation and persecution for the name of Jesus, heaven is also described as a place where they will be comforted. This is depicted in 2 Thes 1:7-9 which says: Be patient then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
How Did Sin Get Its Definition in Christianity?
The definition of sin that most Christians use stems from the teachings of Jesus. For example, in John 3:3, Jesus says: “I tell you the truth, no one can see God’s kingdom unless he is born again.” In this verse, Jesus is stating that man can only be made clean through repentance and baptism. This quote also reminds us of what sin really is. Sin is “missing the mark” (as a target) in life. Christians believe that humans were created perfect and were the highest form of life on earth. However, they sinned against God, so they lost their perfection and became flawed and imperfect. They also came to realize that they could not achieve perfection on their own, so they need to ask for forgiveness.
The Scapegoat Theory of Sin in the Old Testament
The Bible often portrays God as speaking to Adam in the garden of Eden. It is revealed that God told Adam and Eve to take care of the animals and not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Bible also tells us that God told them, “You will not die from eating from it, but you will die if you do not obey me.” (Genesis 2:16) So, the contradiction concerning this passage became an issue for theologians. Some believed that Adam and Eve were told not to eat from the tree, but were definitely not told not to take the fruit of it. Others believed that there was no command and the humans did choose to eat from the tree. This topic is known as the “scapegoat theory”, or dialogue between God and Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:13-17.