How to do a study on levels of sin

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Dennis Davis | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jul 15 2021 10:26 AM

Hi, a member of my congregation is hotly contesting the topic of different levels of sin (aka some sins are greater than others).  And so, I want to use Logos to dig into the topic but because its a little bit nebulous, I can't just enter 'sin' in the factbook.  Any suggestions on how to run this type of query? Thanks in advance for all answers. 

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 15 2021 10:53 AM

I'm kind of working backwards. I know of 3 specific texts that contribute to this idea and I am trying to create Logos queries that will include these texts.

search BIBLE for "light beating" - verse before includes "severe beating" - varied punishment depending upon awareness

search BASIC for "every other sin" - list sexual immorality as distinct from others

search BIBLE for "stricter" - false teaching deserves more severe punishment.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 15 2021 11:00 AM

The Basic Search "(level, degree) of sin" finds some interesting results.

This construct will find all occurrences of either level of sin or degree of sin

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Dennis Davis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 15 2021 11:07 AM

Thanks Graham, I was trying for too much complexity but sometimes the best path forward is simple queries.  Great help as always! 

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 15 2021 4:17 PM

Dennis Davis:
Hi, a member of my congregation is hotly contesting the topic of different levels of sin (aka some sins are greater than others).

You might find some interesting reading if you open a Passage Study Layout to 1 John 5:16-17.

Dennis Davis:
And so, I want to use Logos to dig into the topic but because its a little bit nebulous, I can't just enter 'sin' in the factbook. 

https://ref.ly/logos4/Factbook?ref=bk.%25sinUntoDeath may be helpful, along with https://ref.ly/logos4/Factbook?ref=bk.%25mortalSin, https://ref.ly/logos4/Factbook?ref=bk.%25venialSin, https://ref.ly/logos4/Factbook?ref=bk.%25unforgivableSin, and/or https://ref.ly/logos4/Factbook?ref=ws.mortal_sin.n.01.

Dennis Davis:
Any suggestions on how to run this type of query?

Some of the things I've pointed to above may give you useful terminology for additional queries.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 15 2021 4:36 PM

Graham Criddle:
The Basic Search "(level, degree) of sin" finds some interesting results.

Refining (look for curse OR sin articles/chapters) & expanding search (cycle, generational, worse):

([field heading,largetext] curse OR sin) WITHIN 11 WORDS (cycle OR degree OR level OR generational OR worse)

Looking at search results found some more topical words (intentional, unintentional, greater, smaller) to expand article/chapter search:

([field heading,largetext] curse OR sin) WITHIN 11 WORDS (cycle OR degree OR intentional OR level OR generational OR greater OR smaller OR unintentional OR worse)

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Karl Fritz Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 15 2021 4:47 PM

This isn't a query, but the Westminster Larger Catechism addresses the topic in questions #150 and #151.  It affirms that while every sin deserves God's wrath and curse (question #152) there are degrees of "heinousness."  Whatever your position is, the proof texts listed might be a good place to look.

https://www.apuritansmind.com/westminster-standards/larger-catechism/

Or if you have it in Logos:

https://ref.ly/logosres/wlcatechism?ref=WestminsterLargerCatechism.Q+150

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