“You have to choose the right thing or the wrong”
Yes, how wonderful it would be if we were all masters and able to always choose the right and not the wrong, or to never be weak and make mistakes.
Even loosing my temper with a person is ‘wrong’, it goes against what is taught. I do not do it because I choose to, I do it because I am weak. I may continue to work toward more patience, more perfect tolerance, but I most certainly was not born with this perfect ability.
Sin is part of the nature of humanity. We all live in the flesh and we all die in the flesh. If we were not human, we would not sin and we would not die. We would live without disease and suffering and illness as was the state of Grace in the Garden before the original sin caused Adam and Eve to be caste to the earth into bodies of flesh where they too would struggle, suffer and die.
Since we are all human and we all die, it is part of human nature. I know many people who are wonderful, who I would never say are ‘sinners’ but that does not mean they are without sin. For even an ill thought is a sin according to Christ.
It is because we are imperfect as humans, with the fall from grace, that is is much more difficult to not give in to our natural imperfection and ‘sin’. This is the reason we required the gift of reconciliation with God that He provided to us in Jesus, to take us back to ‘the garden’ where we no longer suffer and die in our human flesh. Our spirits are joined with God in our faith, when we strengthen them we do so by striving to keep the Word that God sent in Christ, this way provides us redemption, we need not master it, but we need understand it as the way. If we are truly striving, even our weaknesses will not condemn us. And this striving also truly changes us. God knows what is in our hearts, what our intentions are, what our desires are, and how we strive or do not strive to overcome our own will that would lead us astray.
Sure, every action requires a choice on some level. But many emotional ‘reactions’ can happen that we wish we had not had, more of a response like a knee jerk reaction. The goal is to be more empowered over our responses and thus to exercise better choices in our behaviors, but this is the challenge, not the ‘fact’ for most of humanity. We are working toward this, but we are all imperfect in our walk on earth. We tend to use the word ‘sinner’ for obvious ‘evil’ acts in humanity, the ‘other’ over there who steals or kills or does some harmful heinous thing or is self destructive, but none are without sin, even in the most subtle form. This is what we all must remember and know that the word sin is not a word that demands judgment but a word that reminds us all of how much we need Gods love, mercy and grace to rise above our human weaknesses.