Transgression is Overstepping

  PressureA man in Chicago, Illinois, was suffering from a lack of fulfillment in his life. 

Not knowing what to do, he went to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said that he was suffering from repressed sexual desires and advised him to go out and have a good time.

The Freudian advisor told him, “You are suffering from a guilt that is cruelly torturing you, inflicted upon you by an ignorant and medieval religion. Get wise and discover there is no God, there is no sin, there is no judgment, there is no hell, there is no punishment in the universe, except as you punish yourself. Go out for goodness’ sake, and have a good time!”

So he did. You know what happened?

He became sicker than ever. Until, according to the account, he went back to the psychiatrist for a new appointment, only to discover that the psychiatrist had committed suicide the week before! 1

The word translated “transgressions,” in Hebrews 9:15, is 'parabaseon'. It has a primary meaning of “going aside,” and also means “an overstepping.”

The sin of both Adam and Eve are described as transgressions (Romans 5:14; 1 Timothy 2:14).

In the Garden of Eden, man had access to every provision of God, except the tree of life. However, he sinned in overstepping the one prohibition God had placed upon him, thus cursing the earth with sin. 2

In 1982, ABC Evening News reported on an unusual work of modern art – a chair affixed to a shotgun. It was to be viewed by sitting in the chair, and looking directly into the gun-barrel. The gun was loaded, and set on a timer to fire at an unknown moment within the next 100 years.

The amazing thing was that people waited in lines to sit and stare into the shell’s path! They all knew that the gun could go off at point-blank range during their minute in the chair. Likewise, many spend a lifetime gambling on sin. 3

“Sin would have few takers if the consequences occurred immediately!” 4


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  1. Robert Schuller, Your Future is Your Friend, Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, CT, 1974, pp.33, 34
  2. Adult Teacher Supplement, Third Quarter, 1970, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, Copyright 1969, p. 41
  3. Pulpit Helps, “The Path to Destruction,” AMG International, Chattanooga, TN, August, 2004
  4. Ibid, Sparks, October, 2005, p. 9