19 Beliefs Christians Have About Sin That Aren’t Actually Sinful

SharePinEmailTrying to avoid sin is a key concept within Christianity. But while the Bible offers guidance, there are many things Christian people believe are sinful that are not. Drinking Alcohol While there are warnings in the Bible about living as a drunkard, there is no prohibition on drinking alcohol. Wine was commonly consumed in the…

Trying to avoid sin is a key concept within Christianity. But while the Bible offers guidance, there are many things Christian people believe are sinful that are not.

Drinking Alcohol

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While there are warnings in the Bible about living as a drunkard, there is no prohibition on drinking alcohol. Wine was commonly consumed in the Bible, with Jesus turning water into wine as his first miracle. 

Smoking

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While smoking is bad for you, there is nothing written in the Bible that says it is a sin. In Corinthians, it does say “Your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit”. If this means smoking, you would also need to consider eating greasy food, drinking soda, or even overdoing cake as a sin. 

Gambling

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Some Christians consider gambling a sin, but it is not prohibited in the Bible. Gambling is not a good habit and you should avoid it, but if you do place a bet or two, you’re not committing a sin. 

Skipping Church on Sunday

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While it is a good idea to attend services on Sunday to connect with your community and celebrate your faith, it’s not a sin to skip going to church. Of course, neglecting to go will not encourage your faith to continue to grow, but “church” services weren’t a concept in biblical times. 

Not Attending Sunday School

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Children are often told that they are sinning if they don’t want to attend Sunday school. Sunday school dates back to the 18th century when working-class children had no opportunity for education during the week, with 12-hour days Monday to Saturday. Therefore, Sunday was the only option. 

So, while Sunday school can be beneficial if you don’t want to participate, it’s not a sin. 

Dancing

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Fans of the movie “Footloose” will likely be aware that the church community of the town was against dancing as they saw it as a sin, but this isn’t true. As the character Ren says: “David danced before the Lord”, celebrating God joyously. 

Divorce

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Some believe that divorce is a sin, but some specific circumstances may make it sinful. Marriage is a sacrament and so even after divorce, the couple may be committing adultery if they get into relationships with other people. There are times when divorce is a loving option and the Bible does make exceptions in certain circumstances. 

Getting Tattoos

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Understandably, many people think getting tattoos is a sin. Leviticus says to not “put tattoo marks on yourselves.” But this is not as straightforward as it appears. The passage discusses laws given to the Israelites by God. These people were living under the Old Covenant to discourage temptation from the common pagan practices of the day. So, the rule was for specific people within a specific culture at a specific time.

Wearing Leggings or Crop Tops

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This is another area where there is lots of confusion, but there are passages in Peter and Timothy that refer to dressing modestly. This is not a modern definition. Instead, they refer to not flaunting wealth and status to attract attention. Wearing shorts or a crop top when it’s hot out is not a sin. 

Enjoying Halloween

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Many Christian families struggle with the concept of enjoying Halloween and consider the celebrations to be pagan and therefore a sin. Halloween’s close ties to witchcraft may be viewed as evil. Halloween is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends. 

Negative Thoughts

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Thinking or speaking negative thoughts does not mean that you’re sinning. There are plenty of negative statements in the Bible.

Disagreeing With Church Leaders

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If you’re listening to a sermon and it doesn’t seem quite right to you, it is not a sin to read the Bible passage for yourself and disagree. 

Cussing

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Although taking the Lord’s name in vain is forbidden in the Bible, cussing is not a sin. In the Book of James, cursing people is prohibited, but if a swear word slips out when you drop an object or stub your toe that is not sinning. 

Taking Drugs

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As we covered earlier with drinking and smoking, taking drugs, while not healthy or advisable, is not specifically a sin. 

Slavery

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While distasteful, indentured servitude or agreeing to work for room and board is not a sin. Chattel slavery, where someone owns another person, is prohibited, but the servants in the Bible were able to seek their freedom.

All Premarital Sex

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Although sex outside of marriage or fornication is considered sinful, numerous sections in the Bible discuss marrying the woman that you’ve had sex with. So, if you are engaged and intend to be married, it may not be a sin if you have sex with your fiance. 

Feeling Anxiety

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There are biblical quotes that speak of not being anxious, but if your anxiety is due to a chemical imbalance, it is certainly not a sin. If a guilty conscience or not trusting in God is making you feel anxious, you need to think about other aspects of your life. 

Being Rude

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While we should aim to respect other people, being rude is not necessarily a sin. If you are saying something rude from a place of love to help someone, you are adhering to Christian values and ideals. If you are simply being nasty, you may want to try harder to love your neighbor. 

All Killing

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The sixth commandment is often misquoted as “Thou shalt not kill,” but it refers to murder. Jesus did not condemn self-defense or soldiers killing under an established government’s authority. At the time, carrying a sword was a legitimate form of protection against robbery and other assaults. 

When the crowd came to arrest Jesus, he told St Peter to “put your sword back in its place,” as he knew he needed to die for our sins. 

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