The ultimate evil and the ultimate outrage in the universe!
What makes sin sin is not first that it hurts people, but that it blasphemes God.
This is the ultimate evil and the ultimate outrage in the universe.
Sin is . . .
the glory of God not honored,
the holiness of God not reverenced,
the greatness of God not admired,
the power of God not praised,
the truth of God not sought,
the wisdom of God not esteemed,
the beauty of God not treasured,
the goodness of God not savored,
the faithfulness of God not trusted,
the commandments of God not obeyed,
the justice of God not respected,
the wrath of God not feared,
the grace of God not cherished,
the presence of God not prized,
the person of God not loved.
The infinite, all-glorious Creator of the universe, by whom and for whom all things exist (Romans 11:36)—who holds every person's life in being at every moment (Acts 17:25)—is disregarded, disbelieved, disobeyed, and dishonored by everybody in the world. That is the ultimate outrage of the universe.