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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sin’s Monetary Cost

Adam and Eve Expelled
If you were to assign a “money value” to your sins, what would they be worth?  How far “in debt” would you be: (a) One week’s allowance? (b) One month’s wages? (c) Half this country’s foreign trade imbalance? (d) More than the national deficit?  (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, p.196).

Today I would like to speculate on the monetary value of sin.  I start by defining sin as the obverse of the fruit of the Spirit as enumerated in Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV):  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  The obverse could read something like this:  But the fruit of sin is hatred, despair, chaos, impatience, cruelty, ill will, treachery, harshness and self-delusion.  Against such things laws cannot prevail.  Consider the monetary costs of these negative forces operating within family, community, national, and international life.  Consider the costs companies bear when employees or customers are burdened with this spirit.  Consider how educational institutions are harmed when this spirit transpires within classrooms, labs, dorms, or administrative offices.  Consider the opportunity costs and realized outlays involved when sin predominates in any community or institution.  Consider how all manner and forms of wealth would abundantly flourish if sin did not with its destructive friction hinder progress.  My guess is that without sin the United States could easily triple its GDP as resources were positively redirected.  Released beneficent energies would produce unimagined abundance.  The state of the economy is directly related to the state of spiritual health.  A new more productive tone would obtain in political and even religious affairs resulting in more efficiency and effectiveness in accomplishing their respective missions.  Mental and physical health would be drastically improved and the cost of widespread ill-health dramatically reduced.  The major financial drag on society has always been its troubled soul.  The first step in overcoming this malady is the simple perception and acknowledgment of this reality.

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