Title: What Is Sin?
Scripture : Genesis 3
Date : N/A
Last Updated : August 15, 2009 Under construction this very moment
Sin is rebellion against God and His created order. If God says not to do something and you do it, knowing that it is wrong, you have sinned. If God says to do something and you don't, knowing that God says to do it, you have sinned.
Some examples of sins are: lying, cheating, being mean, murdering, adultery, saying God's name in vain ("oh my God!", "holy cow" ect. <- that is bad), thinking impure thoughts, hate, envy, disobeying your parents, swearing, stealing, witchcraft, racism, lust, cheating, deceit, evil thoughts, immoral behaviour, ect.
So where did sin come from? In the book of Genesis, you can find the story of creation, where God created the heavens and the earth, man and woman. But the LORD told him [the man], "You may eat fruit from any tree in the garden, except the one that has the power to let you know the difference between right and wrong. If you eat any fruit from that tree, you will die before the day is over!" (Genesis 2:16-17). So God already made a law and told the man what not to do. But Satan was jealous and wanted the man and the woman that God created, to sin, which will cause them to die. In chapter 3 of Genesis, Satan disguised himself as a snake and tricked the woman into sinning.
So because the man and the woman (Adam and Eve) sinned, we were all cursed with sin. That's why so many bad things happen in the world. God could have made us all like puppets, perfect with no sin. But instead He gave us the freedom and making our own choices. Some people choose to do good, and some people choose to do bad. Adam and Eve chose to do bad, and that's why there is sin in this world.
In our worldly understanding, different wrong-doings have different consequences. In general, if you kill someone, you go to jail. If you steal, you go to jail, if you cheat on your test, you get a failing grade, if you lie to your parents you get grounded. If you betray your friend, you lose that friend. And the list goes on. But this is how we deal with wrong-doings here on earth. They each have some sort of ranking about which is worst, or not as bad, and each one has a different severity in punishment; some by law, others by parents, teachers, and friends. And I must say, sometimes we can get away with it, not get caught, not get punished in this life time.
In the same way, we tend to categorise sin. The way I see it, it's not about what sin we committed, or how many times we committed that sin; it's about whether we have been cleansed, forgiven, and accepted by God. The difference is between being saved and not being saved. The Bible says that if you are saved, you go to heaven, and if you are not saved, you go to hell. So suppose you are not saved, and the only sin you commit is lying, cheating and murdering. If you stop killing people, you still go to hell. If you then stop lying, you still go to hell. Since we are born sinners, we are condemned the moment we are accountable for our actions. (What I mean is that little children don't go to hell. This is purely my opinion, until I find a scripture verse to back this up.)
This is also purely opinion, feel free to agree or refute, but the way I see it, sin as an action does not really apply to Non-Christians. Sin as an action applies to Christians because it breaks our fellowship with God, and thus need to ask God for forgiveness to restore it. Sin as nature applies to everyone. According to the Bible, we are all sinful in nature. But the Bible says in 1 John 5:11-12, "This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life." When we accept Christ, when God breathes eternal life into us, God gives us strength to overcome sin. And if we do fall and commit a sin, we have an advocate, Jesus, who comes to God our our behalf, and forgives us when we repent. Those who do not have the life, those who do not accept Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour, their sinful nature takes control in their lives. So no matter what sin they commit, or how many times they commit it, their sins will not be forgiven, and will be counted against them, until the day they turn to God, until they accept Christ's sacrifice and salvation. But should they die before they are saved, then it will be too late. I know of some people who say they are "Christians", but I know that they are the type to "claim the name, not the heart of Christianity". Some one had asked me, "So Christians aren't suppose to get drunk, and take drugs because it's bad for the body?" At the time of this conversation, I was thinking, they can stop getting drunk and taking drugs, but what good would that do if they are not saved? Their sinful nature still takes precedent over their lives, and unless they turn to Christ, they will not have eternal life.
Jesus came to die for us, sacrificing His life so that we might have eternal life with God and Jesus. (Don't forget that Jesus was resurrected and is now alive!).
Click here to read three important chapters of the bible about how the power of sin was broken! Enter the site and read Romans chapter 5 & 6.