Proverbs 14: The Existence of Sin

I know that people don’t want to admit it, but I think that one of the most obvious facts in the Bible is that people do make mistakes. There is sin in this world, and no one is immune from it. I know that some people may argue what is a sin and what isn’t, but that’s not so much what I want to talk about today.

We are in Proverbs 14, and there is one verse that stood out to me.

Pro 14:9  Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

The English is a little bit awkward in the King James translation, so let me provide you with the English Standard Version as well.

Pro 14:9  Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.

Fools are the ones who don’t seem to understand this sin nature. Using the word mock is very strong here. It isn’t just fools are ignoring their sin or are not participating in the guilt offering. They are actively making a joke of these things that are actually serious.

I would go as far as to say that these people are in denial. Again, I think that sin is rather self-evident. I think that we all recognize that we all have done something that wasn’t right at some point in our lives. We can all think of some person that we did not treat right for example.

Perhaps these people don’t think that they need any kind of forgiveness. To be honest, that might be the biggest problem here. These people do not realize that by committing that offense, they are guilty before God. They might make amends with the person they hurt here on earth, but they don’t understand that they need forgiveness from the Lawgiver that they have violated as well.

I don’t know which of my two hypotheses are true. I don’t know if these people actually deny the existence of sin or if they only deny the need for forgiveness from God. For the first ones, I don’t know how to help them. For the second ones, I think this is where you need to begin by explaining the existence of God and why the Christian God is the one true God. If you can establish that, then the fact that we need His forgiveness should come out from that based on what we now about the God of the Bible.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on April 25, 2014, in Proverbs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Zak, I believe the absolute best that we can all do for people who don’t acknowledge their sins against God and Also those they’ve sinned against, and those who mock sin and The Lord. To lift them up in God’s perfect will to be convicted, repent and saved is putting it in His hands, where all forgiveness, salvation wisdom, fear of God originates.



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