What is Sin?
What is Sin? This is something Mankind has practiced since we arrived on this planet. Ever since the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 2-3, we have lived in what is called a Fallen State.
So what is sin..? Sin is basically my wishes and desires over God's.Said another way, sin is placing Self or putting yourself above all others even God... At the core of it's meaning, Sin is simply rebellion against God and disobedience to the laws of God.
Ok, now that we have a generic definition of sin, what is the Biblical definition of Sin?
(1 John 3:4) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
So the Biblical definition of Sin is the Transgression of the Law of God. Any sin we commit is a violation of God's Law.
The origin of sin started in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God's commandment to not eat of the tree of knowledge.
This simple act of disobeying God was the first case of Man's self deception that independence from God's will brings life, when in reality, this caused Man to experience death, not in the sense that we think of, but as a spiritual death. We are now separated from God.
Overruling God's commandment was Mankind's attempt to make up their own laws, and subvert the will of God just like we do now. If we don't like a law or rule, we simply re-write it to suit our desires. We have moved from a plumb-line point of absolute truth to a situational rule of human mentality. When laws are constantly in flux, truth and security fade from view.
Upon first observation the sin of Mankind may not seem such a significant act, but when seen in the light of Eternity and with the loss of fellowship with God, the source of everything, we've brought decay, death and the eventual destruction on all of Mankind. In a true since, Entropy for the existence of the human race.
The Fall of Man from the Garden of Eden
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Genesis 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Genesis 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee thatthou shouldest not eat?
Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me the tree, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:
Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Definition of the Fallen State
(1.) The guilt, i.e., liability to punishment, of that sin comes by imputation upon all men, because all were represented by Adam in the covenant of works (q.v.).
(2.) Hence, also, all his descendants inherit a corrupt nature. In all by nature there is an inherent and prevailing tendency to sin. This universal depravity is taught by universal experience. All men sin as soon as they are capable of moral actions. The testimony of the Scriptures to the same effects is most abundant (Romans. 1; 2; 3:1-19, etc.).
3.) This innate depravity is total: we are by nature “dead in trespasses and sins,” and must be “born again” before we can enter into the kingdom (John 3:7, etc.).
(4.) Resulting from this “corruption of our whole nature” is our absolute moral inability to change our nature or to obey the law of God.
Commenting on John 9:3, Ryle well remarks: “A deep and instructive principle lies in these words. They surely throw some light on that great question, the origin of evil. God has thought fit to allow evil to exist in order that he may have a platform for showing his mercy, grace, and compassion. If man had never fallen there would have been no opportunity of showing divine mercy. But by permitting evil, mysterious as it seems, God's works of grace, mercy, and wisdom in saving sinners have been wonderfully manifested to all his creatures. The redeeming of the church of elect sinners is the means of 'showing to principalities and powers the manifold wisdom of God' (Ephesians 3:10). Without the Fall we should have known nothing of the Cross and the Gospel.”
Note: Excerpts from Easton's Bible Dictionary
How Does Sin Manifest Itself in Mankind?
So why is sin such a terrible thing, after all doesn't the world teach us to look out for number one? If you simply look around our own society you will see the results of this philosophy running rampant every day. Because of sin, we prey on each other for our own glory, selfishness, power and gain.
Sin can take over a person to the extent that others, even their life, are unimportant when it comes to getting what they want. Take rape, murder, theft, lying, these are actions of our sinful nature. God makes it clear through His Ten Commandments the way He wants us to live but His wishes are the very opposite of what we have running rampant in our world today.
God's Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them, for I Jehovah thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me, 6: and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9: Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; 10: but the seventh day is a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11: for in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Jehovah blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:12 Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.
Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.
There are numerous ways sin can be witnessed in the human race. Again, sin can be seen in its simplest form in the concept of Self Importance and disregard for God's laws. Murderers kill for their own personal gain... A rapist, violates for their personal gain... A thief steals for their personal gain... and all at the expense of others. Self before others and most doing so with the knowledge of God's laws, knowing right from wrong.
What we don't seem to understand is that sin doesn't just effect those who perpetrate.. but sin effects all those who it touches.
We see sin touch others every day. Because one spouse decides to have an affair divorce may be the result of their actions. If this married couple have children, these children now have a broken life if their mom and dad decide to separate. Relatives of each spouse now have lost a close member of their family and in most cases property that took years to acquire now has to be divided. Financial burdens are placed on both spouses and statistics show that both spouses and children usually live far below their standard of living prior to divorce. All because one spouse decided their desire was worth more than others in their life.
Many more examples of the manifestation of sin could be written, but all one has to do is simply read the paper or listen to the news to see Self Importance and sin in action all around us.
So What do we do About Sin?
We need to make a decision, are we going to continue rebelling against the laws of God or are we going to make a change in our attitude toward Him? After all, there are consequences to a life of sin and God makes His position clear, God hates sin, BUT has made provision for forgiveness through Jesus the Christ.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 )
How do we Pass From the Judgment of sin?
In a simple word, Repent, which simply means to change your mind or way of thinking and repentance consists of...
A true sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness;
An apprehension of God's mercy through Christ;
An actual hatred of sin (Psa_119:128; Job_42:5, Job_42:6; 2Co_7:10) and turning from it to God;
A persistent endeavor after a holy life in a walk with God in the way of His commandments.
To pass from death into life you simply need to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. It really is just that simple.
On a Final Note
If you do not know or have drifted away from God, please consider what I've written here. Satan mocks those who reject Jesus, knowing they will suffer the Second Death.
Remember, Belief Cannot Change Reality and the reality is that God exists and wants nothing more than to have a relationship with you through His Son Jesus. Please hearken to His call on your life.
If you do not have a relationship with Jesus, please consider turning your heart and life over to Christ...