I have been pondering the idea of sinning against God lately, and I would like your thoughts.
The Bible makes it clear that any sin, first and foremost, is a sin against God. From what I understand, sin is basically "missing the mark," and the mark is God's perfection. The way I see it, if you really define what sin is, we don't really "sin" against other people because no one is perfect except for God, so if we "miss the mark" of perfection, it can only be judged in the light of God, because only God is perfect.
Is it the same with transgression? We can transgress God's laws.
So, then, when it comes to offenses committed against other people, what would we call that? I know that we can stumble other people, and offend them. We would be sinning against God by stumbling another person. There are also abuses against other people, which are also sins against God.
The other day, I was watching a news clip regarding some guys who were caught stealing luggage from LAX airport carousels, and some guy had almost $15,000 worth of merchandise in his apartment. The news reporter commented that the victims were probably still waiting for their luggage by the time that guy was on the green line, high-tailing it out of there. I thought what an awful thing to do, and I had this random thought come into my mind, that those guys were sinning against God. They were committing theft against God, and they will have to account for that on judgment day.
The Bible specifically states that God defends the poor who are taken advantage of. Everytime we take advantage of someone, we are taking advantage of a person made in God's image. I'm sure that God takes this very personally, and I almost see it as we are doing this offense against God, even unwittingly, since that person reflects the Imago Dei.
Am I making sense? What are your thoughts?