Since the beginning of time man has had an inherent ability to decipher right from wrong. Remember in the Garden of Eden God said to Adam and Eve "You may eat of any tree of the garden accept the tree in the center of the garden, for if you eat of that you will surely die". (Genesis 3:14).
Of course the question of right and wrong was answered when Adam and Eve disregarded God's request and the course of history was forever altered. God punished them with hardships both physically and spiritually. They became disconnected from their creator.
God brought about a flood upon the earth to wipe out all he had created. He wanted to wash away all vestiges of evil and sin. (Genesis 18). The goal was to prove that mankind needed a Savior. That Savior is Jesus Christ. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not die but have everlasting life". (John 3:16 NIV)
If we strive to understand that as followers of Christ that we put on the garments of Salvation, we are made new creations in Him. Therefore the question that all Christians must answer is can we live a life that is free from sin? That question is one I wrestle with on a daily basis. If we are meant to live sin free then what was the point of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins? Then there is another question that Christians also have difficulty with and that is That once we become saved and accept Christ as our Savior then we should become sin free. I believe that the latter is impossible for this reason: The Crucifixion. God created us to have a free will. Unfortunately, this gives many people the right to a belief that is their right to conscious1y sin.
Even in today's modern world we see that man stills feels that is their right to consciously sin. A very recent example of this is the situation with Michael Vick. He was on the brink of super-stardom when he decided to consciously sin. Vick knew that dogfighting and killing were criminal and illegal act yet because of his free will, he ended up throwing away million dollar endorsements and ultimately his entire pro career. Vick claimed to know Jesus yet he engaged in practices that would not have been approved of by God.
On September 11, 2001 terrorists struck the very fabric of the American Lexicon The World Trade Center in New York. They felt that it was right as dictated by their religious belief to kill innocent Americans. That was conscious sin. It was behavior that in Christian circles would be deemed as unnaceptable to God.
So what is the difference between conscious sin and unconsious sin? Sin no matter in what form is bad and unholy. However, I believe that while man can live a sin free life the question than becomes is it possible. In Ephesians 6 it states that man must put on the full armor of God. I feel we can try to live a sin-free life but that should we sin we have an advocate with the Father through Jesus Christ.
I feel that man has many thoughts and beliefs that would be considered as disrespectful to God. The important thing is that we can take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. We can choose not to act on them. Repentance is a pevailing factor.
This article is very interesting, because Christians still do not know whether they should sin or not.
In 1 Jn 3:9 it explicitly stated that "No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Sinning is a matter of choice. We can choose to sin or not to and the above verse clearly states that no one born of God sinned.
This issue must be addressed and we as Christians must determine to walk out of sin and please God with our actions and deeds.