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Mistake or Sin?

Updated on March 28, 2011

Is Sin the same as Mistake?

There is a tendency to interchange "sin" and "mistake", but is this correct? Not really!

God established the standard and definition of what constitutes sin in the various laws He made. The purpose of these laws was to make a person realize they could not possibly keep the laws, (including the Ten Commandments.) There is no room for flexiblity; it's either you keep them or you don't. According to the Bible, one "slip" and a person is guilty of breaking all of them. In the Koine Greek, the word for sin means, "to miss the mark". Picture an archer on the battle field, shooting his arrow at a moving target, and missing. This is a the meaning of the word, "sin". Here is an example:  A Christian decides they want to be a missionary in China, but the Lord is indicating to them they are to be a missionary to South America, but this Christian person decides to go as a missionary to China anyway.  This is sin because they, "have missed the mark" God established for them and they chose to ignore. (There is a way of avoiding the end results of sin, but that's another "program".)

A mistake is not the same. If a person is allowed to call a sin a mistake, then any act can be justified. It's a wrong action, or poor judgement. For example: Lets say I have sex with your wife and was caught by the husband. I could call it a matter of poor judgement. (Wasn't planning on the husband catching me). It could be called a mistake because I got caught, but God calls it "adultery", which is a sin, whether I'm caught or not.

By the way, some are concerned that the word, "sin" is not politically correct, but I really don't think God cares about being "politically correct" when it comes to sin.


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