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| 8. What is Sin?|
Sin is the number one thing that God hates and despises the most. Sin interrupts everything, and because of sin we don’t live the lives that we were initially intended to live in. However, one most know what sin is to know if they are sinning.
Sin is anything that contradicts the moral law of God in act, attitude and nature. Throughout the bible God shows us many of his moral laws. For instance, in Exodus 20:15 we have the Ten Commandments. It shows us that we shouldn’t murder, we shouldn’t steal, so on and so forth. But sin is also found in our own nature and characteristics. This is in our own core and being. Everything about God is good, thus anything divergent to his moral laws is opposing to His character and ultimately is a contrary to God himself. God hates sin because it’s a complete contradiction of what He is.
Where does sin come from? There are many debates and arguments between highly educated Christians and scholars about this subject. Because sin is a total contradiction of what God is, we can never blame God for sin. All of Gods doing and works are perfect. In James 1:13 it tells us that it’s impossible for God to do any wrong “for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one”. But the bible also shows us that God was not surprised when sin came into this world, because God “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11). God allowed man to knowingly and freely choose sin. Trying to put these two truths together can be difficult but we must allow some vagueness.
Sin was present in Satan and his fellow demons before Adams and Eve defiance. For example in Genesis 2:17 God told Adam “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat”. But in Genesis 3:6 they did the opposite of what God told them to do and ate from the tree. Satan did not force them, but merely coaxed Eve. They sinned willingly; therefore they willingly sinned against God. As a result, Adams character became sinful. It was something that he naturally did. Therefore, we inherited his sinful nature. Everything in our being is contaminated by sin. Such as: our intelligence, bodies, hearts, emotions, our purpose and even our attitudes. We also received Adams sin-produced guilt. Adams deed resulted in his own guilt but in also every other human beings. Paul states this clearly in Romans 5:12 “Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned”…” by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners”.
How does sin affect us? In the bible it shows countless times that “There is none who does good, not even one” (Psalms 14:3). Hence, we all stand guilty before God. In Genesis 2:17, God specifically said that the consequence of eating from the tree of knowledge was death. In all actuality, Death is the wages for all sin. But God didn’t immediately bring that upon Adam and Eve. Instead He banned them from the Garden of Eden. Through God’s great mercy, he sent
Jesus down to earth to die for our sins. So through His life, death and resurrection He gives us freedom through the damnation of sin. We do not receive the penalty of sin that we should get.
Since we are forgiven Christians, when we sin our authorized standing with God isn’t affected. We are still forgiven because Christ died for our sins. Even though it doesn’t affect our legal standing with Him, it affects our fellowship with God. When we sin, God is unhappy with it. That is why God disciplines us throughout our lives because in Hebrews 12:6 it says “the Lord disciplines the one he loves”. His discipline is ultimately for our good.
In conclusion, as a human being we all still sin, but as a Christian we shouldn’t join in an outline of more and more disobedience. In 1 John 3:9 it says “no one born of God makes a practice of sinning”. We should always quickly and sincerely confess our sins to God. And we mustn’t be ashamed or scared to confess because in 1John 1:9 it says God is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
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