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WHAT is sin?
Sin is the breaking any one of God's Laws. If God tells us "Do not lie" and you lie, you have broken His law. You have sinned. Any time any of us sin, we anger and offend God because breaking His Law is like a slanderous insult to Him because these laws reflect the moral purity of His nature. The Law is a reflection of the character of God. It is wrong to lie because God cannot lie. It is wrong to steal because God cannot steal, it is wrong to cheat because God cannot cheat. The moral law is based on God's holiness and purity . . . so the Law is a standard of moral purity. The Old Testament contains the Law of God. It is a perfect standard because it is God's standard. When we fail to keep the Law, we sin. When we sin, we offend God. When we offend God, it results in a judgment (condemnation). Laws are laws because they have penalties. There is NO law without a penalty. When we break God's Law, it brings judgment . . . which is separation from God.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (KJV)
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
Breaking God's law ALWAYS results in judgment. The judgment is known as condemnation (damnation) which is the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner. IF God did NOT judge the sinner, He would not be upholding His holiness; and He would be allowing sinners to go unpunished.
What is sin?
This is best answered by saying that it is breaking God's law. All people have sinned. Therefore, all people are under God's judgment . . . except those who have trusted in God's Provision to escape that judgment.
A sin is ANY thought or action that falls short of God’s will. God is perfect, and anything we do that falls short of His perfection is sin. The same is true of sin. God’s will is like the center of that target . . . and when we sin, we fall short of His will or miss the mark. And this is something we do every day; for the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Even when we are not aware of it, we commit sin by the things we do (or fail to do), or by the way we think.
This is why we need Christ, for only He can forgive us of all our sins, and only He can help us live the way we should. We cannot forgive ourselves, nor can we change our hearts and make ourselves better in God’s eyes.
It is ridiculous to try to list sins according to their degree of seriousness. In one way, all sins are equal in that they ALL separate us from God. The Bible’s states, “For the wages of sin is death …” (Romans 6:23), applies to all sin, whether in thought, word or deed.
It may seem to us that some sins are worse than others, and should be judged accordingly. Stealing one loaf of bread is extremely different than exterminating a million people. Sins may also differ at their core. In the New Testament Jesus said it would be more bearable on the day of judgment for Sodom than for Capernaum because of Capernaum’s unbelief and refusal to repent after witnessing His miracles (Matthew 11:23-24). The sins of Sodom were identified in: Ezekiel 16:21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? (KJV) . . . Arrogance, gluttony, indifference to the poor and needy, haughtiness and detestable things were their sins. Sound familiar?
When Jesus spoke of His Second Coming and judgment, He warned that among some would “be beaten with many stripes” and others “with few stripes” (Luke 12:47-48). He also reserved His most fierce denunciations for the pride and unbelief of the religious leaders, not the sexually immoral (Matthew 23:13-36).
We must remember that no matter if our sins are small or great (in our eyes), they will condemn us to Hell away from God’s grace (2 Thes.1:8-9), without Jesus! The good news is that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and the sins of the whole world at Calvary IF we believe in Him and trust Him. We simply must repent and turn to Jesus in faith, our sins will be forgiven, and we will receive the gift of eternal life. Thank You Jesus! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
This topic brings MANY articles on sin,
how we can overcome sin, and how we can have
Victory Over Sin
Victory Over Sin
Applying JESUS'S Victory
Beware of Apostate Preachers
Bible Definition of Sin
Biblical Victory Over Sin
Boundaries of sin, What Are They?
King Davis Was a Sinner, Just Like You and Me
BEWARE . . . Ecumenism, Yolking With Satan . . . BEWARE
Evils of Neo Evangelism
God's Rules on Sin
How Narrow Is the Narrow Way?
How to Gain Victory Over Sin
How to Overcome
Important Bible Verses
Living Godly Is NOT Easy!
Must Be Sincere, to Have Victory Over Sin
Victory Over Sin,Even fot the Chief of Sinners
Victory Over Sin, Forgiveness
Victory Over Sin Misunderstood
Victory Over Sin, Overcoming Sin
Victory Over Sin, Reasons Not to Sin
Victory Over Sin, Rewards For Overcoming
Victory Over Sin, Sin Defined
Victory Over Sin, Sin Must Be Punished
Victory, Struggling Wit Sin
Victory, Taking a Biblical Stand
Victory, Universal Nature of Sin
Victory, Understanding What Sin Is
Victory, Unrighteousness, What Is It?
Victory, Ways to Achieve It!
Weighing Sins, Does God Do That?
WHAT Is Sin?
WHY Must We Be Punished?
World Will Rejoice, Believers Will Have Sorrow