From: Jamie Smith
It looks as if we will be saddled with more sin taxes. On top of an extra tax on beer, liquor, wine and cigarettes, we may now pay the knowing government extra taxes on soda pop, fatty snacks, trans-fats and whatever else is deemed to be unhealthy and politically possible to tax.
We also are told by various people and religions that we will pay a sin tax for things we have done and for things we have left undone. To pay that tax we must believe, repent, say prayers, fight unbelievers, tithe or endure other sacrifices, otherwise the tax will be extracted by God in the future through endless punishment – an unending tax that is never paid.
Syntax is the pattern of words in the formation of grammatical sentences. If the syntax is wrong, the meaning of the sentence may be other than the writer intends.
Notice the syntax: 1Cor. 15:22 “For even as, in Adam, all are dying, thus also, in Christ, shall all be vivified.” In Christ shall all be made alive because in Christ all sin tax is paid.
I have queried many. I have called radio preachers and talk show hosts about many things, but concerning this sentence I am universally told the following, notice the syntax: “This verse is to be understood in this way: “For even as, in Adam, all are dying, thus also, all in Christ shall be vivified.” See the change in syntax? See where it will levy the ultimate sin tax? It is made to read “all who are in Christ shall be vivified” rather than how Paul wrote it “in Christ shall all (humanity) be vivified”. If such liberties can be taken, why, one could make Scripture say anything and everything. Thus the thousands of Christian denominations, each claiming truth. Most use a change in syntax to levy a sin tax.
Christ paid the sin tax once and for all - for all. Endless life based upon personal effort or personal belief (all in Christ vs. in Christ all)? I hardly think so. Of course this is just my opinion. Others have their opinions.
Our Father, glorious great God be Thee
World’s grand author of liberty
Our country is of Thee
A noted beacon of worship free
Long may our land be the leader of right
Guiding all with freedom’s holy light
Bless and protect us with Thy invincible might
Blessed be ours among all nations
Whose God is Lord of Lords
Grant us our peace and Your salvation
For it is to Thee we sing
Forever, let freedom’s bell ring
Oh wonderful Jesus! King of Kings
Norman G. Kostuck