18 Biblical ‘Sins’ You Can Get Away With

SharePinEmailThere are many things that religious individuals are afraid of doing in case it is viewed as a sin. However, there are certain rules in the Bible that a lot of people don’t take too literally either because they were meant to be interpreted metaphorically or because they don’t resonate with modern society. In this…

There are many things that religious individuals are afraid of doing in case it is viewed as a sin. However, there are certain rules in the Bible that a lot of people don’t take too literally either because they were meant to be interpreted metaphorically or because they don’t resonate with modern society.

In this article, we explore some of the biblical sins you can surprisingly get away with.

Being Wealthy

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In the Bible, we are told that: “the love of money is the root of all evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10) However, this should be interpreted more as a warning instead of an explicit condemnation. Plenty of individuals in the Bible had money but we are told to be cautious if we do.

Consuming Shellfish

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Many people are apprehensive about eating shellfish as Leviticus 11:10-12 advises against shrimp and lobster. However, in contemporary society, we are aware of the health benefits of eating fish as many fatty and oily fish varieties are good sources of vitamin D.

Getting Piercings

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Leviticus 19:28 warns people against getting body piercings. Despite this, many religious individuals get piercings today without thinking twice. Getting your ears pierced is a common practice for children in modern society regardless of their religious identity.

Being Tattooed

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It may seem that getting tattoos goes against Biblical teaching as Leviticus 19:28 prohibits them. Yet, The use of tattoos to identify with a certain religious sect has been happening for millennia. Therefore, people don’t see it as a bad thing and may even get tattoos honoring Biblical figures.

Mixing Fabrics

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Religious people don’t overthink mixing fabrics today, even though Leviticus 19:19 bans poly-cotton blends. This is because many people would see it as impractical and don’t think of mixing fabrics as a sin they will be condemned for.

Remarrying

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Marrying someone is seen as binding in many religions which is why so many people are skeptical about remarrying after divorce. Although Mark 10:11-12 discourages remarriage after divorce, several denominations allow people to remarry under certain circumstances such as infidelity.

Shaving

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Interestingly, Leviticus 19:27 bans beard trimming. However, this advice has fallen on deaf ears as many people want to shave to feel better about themselves and to avoid judgment. In fact, in developed countries, wearers of beards are often low-ranked persons, including the homeless and manual workers, who lack the appearance codes of white-collar workers.

Talking About Others

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The majority of people living today will have gossiped about someone often in their lives. Although Leviticus 19:16 denounces gossip, people don’t feel guilty when they talk about others as it is seen as a way of fitting in with a certain social group.

Consuming Meat Rare

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Genesis 9:4 dissuades people from consuming blood which can be interpreted as eating meat rare. However, many religious people don’t follow this advice as it is common practice to request a steak rare in a restaurant.

Dressing Provocatively

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A large portion of religious people will wear modest clothing because they think that dressing immodestly is considered a sin. Although 1 Timothy 2:9-10 calls for modesty, our modern culture encourages people to dress how they want as it is seen as a form of self-expression.

Having Children Outside of Marriage

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Marrying before having a child is still common for many religious individuals as they are aware of how the church wants people to be united in the eyes of God before bringing life into the world. However, this belief has become outdated with more and more people having children first.

Working on the Sabbath

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There is a presumption that many religious individuals refrain from working on Sundays because they believe it is a sin. However, in reality, declining to work on Sundays was not a “core component” of Christian belief. It is more of a desire to rest and relax before the week begins again.

Reading Your Horoscope

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Deuteronomy 18:10-12 advises us to stay away from astrological predictions. However, astrology and the idea of star signs have firmly ingrained themselves into modern society, with many people reading their horoscopes for fun without considering it a sin. We are also involved in checking out the characteristics of each star sign.

Women Teaching Men

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1 Timothy 2:12 outlaws women from teaching men. However, as a society, we are increasingly shifting away from this belief as women are being empowered to have careers of their own. This has been partially motivated by the feminist movement which encourages equal rights.

Drinking Alcohol

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There are still some people who stay away from alcohol because they are religious and believe that the Bible forbids it. Yet, in reality, the Bible never explicitly condemns drinking alcohol as even Jesus drank wine. More specifically, the Bible forbids drunkenness rather than just drinking.

Making Judgments

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Judging others is advised against in Matthew 7:1. Today, we still make judgments even if we are religious as we live in a hyper-critical society. Sometimes, we may even make judgments without vocalizing them which we don’t deem as sinful. It is seen as a natural part of life and we don’t punish ourselves when we find ourselves judging others.

Gambling

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One would think that the Bible takes a firm stance on gambling activities. Yet, there is no solid evidence that gambling is a sin. This means that many religious people have no problem gambling by taking part in the lottery or visiting casinos. However, they may exercise some restraint in terms of over-gambling and getting into debt because of it

Acts of Self-Defense

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Biblical teachings such as those contained within Matthew 5:39 advise us to turn the other cheek. However, many religious individuals still feel that they have the right to stand up for themselves and safeguard their families from danger. This means that they support self-defense and even own firearms for protection.

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