18 Actions Labeled as ‘Sins’ That the Bible Actually Permits

SharePinEmailThe Bible is a guide for Christians to live their lives according to the example of Jesus Christ to achieve eternal salvation. But along the way, society has made additional assumptions about what behavior constitutes “sinful”, even though the Bible makes no mention of it. Here are 18 things that society considers a sin but…

The Bible is a guide for Christians to live their lives according to the example of Jesus Christ to achieve eternal salvation. But along the way, society has made additional assumptions about what behavior constitutes “sinful”, even though the Bible makes no mention of it. Here are 18 things that society considers a sin but are okay according to the Bible.

It’s Okay to Question Your Faith!

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If you approach a Christian family member to tell them you are questioning your faith, no doubt the color will drain from their face in shock. But it is not a sin to question your faith and it can be a natural part of spiritual growth, resulting in stronger faith and belief in God.

Proverbs 2:3-5: “Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

You CAN Get a Tattoo!

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There is an extract from Leviticus that prohibits “tattoo marks”, although cultural context must be applied. Tattooing was common for pagan rituals so prohibiting tattoos was more about turning your back on paganism. The current Christian consensus is that getting a tattoo is down to personal preference.

Leviticus 19:28: Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.”

You CAN Get a Piercing

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Some Christians think it is a sin to get a piercing due to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

This passage is open to interpretation, although it is popularly thought to be related to prohibiting sexual immorality as opposed to piercings.

You CAN Drink Alcohol

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Some denominations of Christianity promote abstinence from alcohol, such as Methodism. But what does the Bible say about Christians drinking alcohol?

Ephesians 5:18: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

This passage explains that alcohol is allowed, but do not drink in excess and get drunk due to the sinful behavior that might follow. 

You CAN Work on Sundays

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There is a common belief in the West that Christians must treat Sundays as a rest day. This means no work whatsoever. But what does the Bible say? 

Exodus 10:8: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”

The Bible requires that the Sabbath, or Saturdays, should be “kept holy”. There is no mention of refraining from working on Sundays. The idea that Sunday is a rest day is a cultural norm, nothing to do with the Bible.

You CAN Work on Holy Days

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Holy days, such as Christmas Day and Easter Sunday, are traditionally public holidays. But does the Bible allow Christians to work on these holy days? Well, there is nothing in the Bible to prohibit a Christian from working on a holy day or feast day.

You Don’t Always Have to Be Happy

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Life is full of trials and tribulations. It is a common misbelief that Christians must always be happy and should never show negative emotions. But this is incorrect; perseverance through trials is encouraged so you can grow and develop strength.

James 1:4: “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Women CAN Wear Pants

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Somewhere in Western culture, it was said that it was a sin for women to wear pants. This is a total misunderstanding and is derived from a verse that discourages cross-dressing. Taking into account cultural practices and changing societal norms, it is important to put this into context and to wear what is comfortable yet modest.

Deuteronomy 22:5: “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do are an abomination to the Lord your God.” 

It’s Okay to Be Angry

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Anger is a normal human emotion so it is not sinful to feel angry at times. However, the Bible prohibits “sinful anger” such as acting selfishly or harming others, and warns against holding onto anger.

Ephesians 4:26-27: “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

You CAN Be Wealthy

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Being wealthy is not a sin in itself. However, there are a variety of Biblical excerpts that warn against loving money and pursuing wealth above everything else. The main behaviors that are warned against are the selfishness, greed, and envy that results.

Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

It’s Okay to Enjoy Intimacy

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Intimacy between a wife and her husband should be enjoyed. God created the feeling of pleasure when a married couple is intimate so there is no reason why Christians should feel guilty, provided the married couple are both consenting.

The Bible Does Not Condemn Cohabitation

Cohabiting as a couple is not a sin according to the Bible, despite society claiming it to be a sin. Having sexual relations when unmarried is a sin, of course, but merely living together before marriage as a couple is not.

It’s Okay if You Don’t Attend Church Services

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Missing a Church service is looked down on by some congregations and is viewed as a sin. But the Bible does not command that Church services are attended regularly. Christians are encouraged to gather as a group to mutually encourage and support one another, but it is not a sin to do otherwise.

It’s Okay to (Sometimes) Swear

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If you stub your toe and let out a swear word, don’t worry! An occasional swear word is not sinful when used in such a context. Swearing only becomes sinful when it offends another person or is done against God.

Helping Others Trumps Rules

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Acting compassionately towards other people and “loving thy neighbor” is essential for a Christian. This is the most important facet of being a true Christian. Of course, following the Ten Commandments is also important, but how you treat and help others is vital.

It’s Okay to Disagree with the Bible

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When reading and interpreting the Bible, it is okay to disagree with some factions. This is particularly relevant if you are disagreeing with historical and societal norms at the time. Having differing perspectives and interpretations of Biblical teachings is okay as long as you hold Jesus Christ in your heart.

It’s Okay to Be LGBTQ+ and Christian

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Some denominations of Christianity are very accepting of LGBTQ+ followers, focusing on the New Testament where Jesus Christ never mentions homosexuality in any context. These denominations value love and acceptance as central to their teachings.  

You Should Love Yourself Too

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As well as loving your neighbor, the Bible teaches us to love ourselves too. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 explains that “the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit”, and caring about yourself is an expression of reverence.

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