How to Justify Your Sin

Most individuals, unless they are sociopaths, experience feelings of guilt at the thought of their own sin. Guilt induces negative feelings and can therefore become a hindrance to a healthy and productive social and psychological existence. Justifying sin purges the neurosis of such self-debasing thoughts.

Though many would argue that justifying sin is an impossible and fruitless task, it is a natural and furthermore necessary process in overcoming a paralyzing guilt. Here are reminders of human existence to help you reconcile your sin to yourself, regenerating a sense of harmony and peace with yourself. These self-managing psychological techniques should help you understand your sin and move on with your life.


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    Define exactly what sin is. The first step in justifying your sin is to know what you are justifying.
    • defines sin as: "any act regarded as such a transgression, esp. a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle,"
    • and "any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great fault or offense,"
    • And the American Heritage Dictionary as: "something regarded as shameful, deplorable or utterly wrong."
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    Consider that the concept of sin is a social construct, much like the concept of religion, and has no basis in reality beyond what you make of it. Morals are subject to perspective, and your so-called "sin" is only a sin in the eyes of others. Not only do you not care what they think, but what they think in fact does not matter. If you feel that you have sinned in your own eyes, remind yourself that right and wrong are open to interpretation.
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    Remember that you are a biological being, despite all social influences. All biological beings are flawed and subject to mistakes. You can not be held to a standard of perfection.
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    Think back on all of the good that you have done, and then think of all the good that you will do. Assume responsibility for the positive of your life, as well. Compared to the positive you have reached on your own accord, doesn't your sin seem less important?
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    Accept your failure and move on. What you did may have been bad and you may be bad for doing it. That is no reason to suffer. Accept that you are not perfect, then go make a sandwich, and from there continue going about your life in a normal manner.
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    If you hold to the belief in a being who created the universe, it is completely rational to blame your current situation on that Being. Before you do this, however, consider that people only attribute evil to their sin because they are aware of a more virtuous alternative, i.e. courage rather than cowardice, temperance in stead of indulgence. According to G.W. Leibniz, God had to create humans as limited beings, or else He would have been creating more gods, which is paradoxical. Our state of nature is that of flawed beings who strive for perfection and should realize that failing to do so is a product of our design, not something to worry over.
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    Follow your heart. This is most important and will lead you on the right path, every time.



  • Justifying your sin results in doing more of it. Despite your belief or unbelief in a higher power, consider the effect your sin may have on others. The ability to distinguish between right and wrong and discipline ourselves into denying our baser instincts is what makes us human, above mere animals.
  • Assuming that such conditions exist, justifying your sin could be detrimental to a relationship with God and result in eternal judgment.
  • Even though you have justified your sin, in others' perspective, you may have still done something in contrast to socially acceptable behavior. Also, remember that prison systems were designed to remove people from society who act in socially unacceptable ways. Prepare yourself for becoming unwelcome around some people or for being put in jail, depending on the sin and the people around whom you do these things. A judge is unlikely to take your side just because you do not feel guilty for what you have done. However, if you become particularly adept at this process, you will probably lose both remorse and the ability to determine what is right and wrong. Should you accomplish this feat, it will probably help you in court.
  • For some justifying sin is a real struggle. If any of your past or present attributes and behaviors cause you emotional pain, consider forsaking them rather than working to come to grips with them. You may lack the strength to accept your shortcomings.

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