Re: Can You Hate Someone and Be a True Christian? - Tim Conway
I haven't read this entire thread, nor have I read the entirety of any of the threads re: the idea that a Christian cannot/does not sin. The parts I have read do not discuss man's anthropology in relation to the question.
People (souls) are made of the mixture of spirit and body (flesh.)
Sin has tainted our flesh by taking up residence therein.
God has rebirthed us by making us one spirit with Him.
Consequently, there are two competing entities (motivators) living within different parts of us--God in our spirits and sin in our flesh.
We are continually faced with choosing which one will be served in each situation.
.....When we heed the voice/urging/unction of God, then we are in a joint-venture (aka fellowship) with Him and we are walking in the light.
..........This is also known as walking by the Spirit, being led of the Spirit.
..........None sin when they are thus walking. It is impossible.
..........When we choose correctly, it is Christ's Spirit, with Whom we are one spirit, motivating us.
.....When we heed anything else, then we are not participating in that joint-venture.
..........When we choose wrongly, that is sin. We have missed the mark. Our actions reveal wrong motivation.
..........When we choose wrongly, it is not us, but sin that lives in our flesh motivating us, and we walk in darkness.
..........When we choose wrongly, we have the avenue of confession that returns us to participation with Papa.
Once we are born of God, we are His children, and that cannot be undone. No one can take us from His hands. We may stumble (sin), but we will not fall (perish.) Righteousness and sin compete with us. Righteousness operates from our deepest, most noble part--our spirit. Sin operates from the part of us that will be destroyed--our flesh. The battle between them will rage within us until the end, but the victory has already been won. Jesus died to pay for our sins...all of them. Once they are forgiven, they are entirely forgotten...all of them.
PS: scriptural support availble on request; however, I'm going back to bed at this time.
Sunset remembers Eden...sunrise prophesies its return.