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What is sin?

We were all created to live in a relationship with God from the very beginning of time however as a direct cause of rejecting God the relationship was broken. This rejection of God by man and the building of our lives around anything else is what the Bible calls sin.

While the basic origin of sin is unclear, we know that it came into the world when the serpent, Satan, tempted Adam and Eve and they disobeyed God (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12). The essence of the problem stemmed from the human desire to be like God. All sin, therefore, has its roots in idolatry—the attempt to put something or someone in the place of the Creator. Most often, that someone is one's own self. While God allows sin, he is not the author of sin. All sins are an offense to God and they separate us from him (Isaiah 59:2).

The Bible describes sin as the breaking, or transgression, of God's law (1 John 3:4). It is also defined as disobedience or rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7), as well as independence from God. The original translation means "to miss the mark" of God's holy standard of righteousness.

Everyone is sinful - "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God"s glorious standard." Romans 3:23

We are all guilty before God and will be judged for our sin. The punishment for this sin is eternal separation from God which the Bible calls hell. (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)

The Bible seems to indicate that there are degrees to sin—that some are more detestable to God than others (Deuteronomy 25:16; Proverbs 6:16-19). However, when it comes to the eternal consequences of sin, they are all the same. Every sin, every act of rebellion, leads to condemnation and eternal death (Romans 6:23).

Sin has consequences - "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

If sin separates us from God and condemns us to death, how do we get free from its curse? Fortunately, God's answer to the problem of sin through his perfect plan of redemption was through his Son, Jesus Christ.

The truth is, we all sin. The Bible makes this apparent in Scriptures such as Romans 3:23 and 1 John 1:10. But the Bible also says that God hates sin and encourages us as Christians to stop sinning: "Those who have been born into God's family do not make a practice of sinning, because God's life is in them." (1 John 3:9)
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