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What is Sin?

Updated on February 1, 2018

Missing The Mark

What is sin?

God created us in His image. Image meaning we are to be a reflection of Him. According to Webster’s an exact likeness; semblance God created man in his own image — Genesis 1:27(Revised Standard Version) b: a person strikingly like another person example: she is the image of her mother.

We who are believers are now children of God, our behavior should reflect His principles as we grow spiritually. God says that we are to be children of the Light and not to walk in darkness. His Word becomes our “Life Manual” which should be “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” it helps to expose the darkness. We are supposed to consistently practice walking in Truth. You know the old cliché that says “practice makes perfect” well to tell the Truth we should really say “practice makes permanent." We become what we practice.

It is important to keep in mind that "THE WHEAT and the tares are growing together. Know God and His Word for Yourself and "PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT!"

The Lord lights our path as we walk in obedience to His Word. When we walk contrary to His Word we become separated from God. Anything that separates us from God is sin. We in fact “miss the mark.” A skilled marksman aims for a target. Our target as believers should be fellowship with God and walking daily in the Light of His Word. We are to implement His Word in our lives daily. When we do this sincerely God knows and therefore we have and antidote whenever we miss the mark. Jesus Christ is our Advocate. Once our conscience is sensitive to His Holy Spirit out of obedience we automatically confess, readily repent and begin aiming for the mark. This is how we strive to stay on the Narrow Path.

I John says “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” We sin when we disobey God. Sin is anything that separates us from God. So therefore metaphorically a spiritual bathe becomes necessary. God is more than able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We all have inherited the proclivity towards sin from Adam and Eve’s fall. The original sin was when they disobeyed God and did what they wanted to do instead. From that point on mankind became shackled by the snare of sin. Jesus came to restore us back to the Father, and once again anchor us in the Lord. Ephesians tells us that “We were actually chosen in Him before the foundation of the world.” Through Jesus Christ birth, sinless life, death and resurrection we have now been redeemed through His blood!

It is important to readily confess any sin. Each day is a precious GIFT from the Lord. We are to live each day in expectation our Lord and Savior's return.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us… ” Once we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior we are given the gift of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter.

We can discover grace, joy and peace in he Lord! Praise God & Thank You Lord! God's Peace will remain as we walk in obedience. We are to "Walk in the Light!" We are to not follow the ways of the world. We are to be, "in the world but not of the world" God gives us the freedom to choose. We can overlook what others say and do. We can even forgive. However, forgiveness does not mean to forget. Sometimes we have to simply "step aside!" Forgiveness does mean to give people or a situation over to God and now respond in a manner that is pleasing in His sight. Never allow anyone to manipulate you nor do you in turn seek to manipulate. We must always be willing to humble ourselves to the Lord. This does not mean that we allow others to walk over us or disrespect us. Always remember our weapons should never be carnal or malicious. We serve an OMNISICENT GOD! God holds us accountable for our actions. Growing in His Grace is an ongoing process. We must always pray for discernment in all situations to respond or not respond, in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. This way your Peace with Him is not interrupted. Thank You Lord and Bless Your Holy Name! YOUR WILL & YOUR WAY LORD!

Our power rests in Jesus Christ and we now have access 24/7, we never become the power. This is why we need him as Savior and Lord to keep us connected. He will help us whenever sin beckons as we submit to His Will. Jesus promise that He would give us His Comforter to be with us forever is true! He died on the cross for the sins of the entire world. Christ Jesus overcame sin in the flesh for us all! It is our choice to choose to accept Him into our hearts. “But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit , whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” With Him at our side we can be more than conquerors. As we grow spiritually sin should not dominate our lives. We should continue to sin less. We should better exercise self control. Our lives should now begin to bear and reflect the Fruit of His Spirit which is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control!


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      f_hruz, My rational mind is attached to my spiritual soul that loves the Lord and is committed to The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Praise God for His precious gift of eternal life!

      “FAITH is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen!” Faith is a gift embedded within the soul of believers by the Lord! Faith is one of the most important elements of life! It is through FAITH I BELIEVE! Faith is a requirement to open the spiritual portals of our souls to develop an ongoing intimate relationship with the Lord! There is a difference in knowing of God and in KNOWING GOD intimately! Without FAITH it is impossible to please God!

      Upon the profession of one’s Faith the gift of HIS HOLY SPIRIT is given to us! It is through His Holy Spirit our minds are opened to receive the things of the Lord. This is NOT a religious experience. It is a wonderful life transforming spiritual encounter! HIS Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Counselor, the parakletos who comes along side of us and teaches us and guides us to the things of God… He alone is OMNISICIENT, OMNIPOTENT & OMNIPRESENT! He is what empowers us as believers….

      It is evident your carnal mind has not humbled and submitted itself to believe therefore your mind is closed to accept the things of the LORD… My prayer for you as that your mind is opened to the TRUTH of GOD’S WORD. If you plan on ever seeing heaven; it is important to KNOW there is only one way in! Jesus is the WAY the TRUTH and the life!

      My HOPE is in the LORD not man... Thank you for taking time to stop by and share your carnal rhetoric… In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      f_hruz 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Dear lady,

      what happend to your rational mind? Will you ever regain sanity? Has any thought of using some logic ever crossed your mind?

      These absurd religious arguments you are making here are so off the wall, it clearly shows you lost touch with any form of reality!

      Where will you go from here? You really want to spend the rest of your life wasting your mind on religious BS?

      Do you see any hope you may regain some sense of what the real world is all about before too long?

      Is there some hope left for folks like you? :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      James A Watkins. God is Good! There is much inner “Peace” knowing that there is absolutely nothing that He is not aware of… His Love is so deep and profound that He allowed His only begotten Son to be wrapped in sinless flesh and come and liberate us from the power of sin… As well as implant it in our hearts! Look ar GOD! We simply have to embrace and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord…. We then are able to call upon Him whenever sin beckons! How marvelous!

      What a lovely surprise to see you here Professor! I am humbled by your gracious and congenial comments. I truly believe that you are one of the greatest assets here on The Hub Pages and now to the rest of the world at large... The Lord has gifted you in such a way that you are able to reach a multiplicity of people from a universal and diverse cultural spectrum…

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share! I pray the Lord’s anointing flows from you as you astutely etch out your crafted inspired work… I know it will be amazing... I pray that it reaches far and wide and touches the hearts of many and brings you HIS JOY and a multitude of Blessings for the journey as well… May His Peace that surpasses the understanding of man be with you and yours.

      It is always a pleasure, In His Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Truly a fantastic article, my dear. I agree with you wholeheartedly about what sin is. Your writing is flawless as always; your spiritual eye sees the truth; and your huge heart shines through. Thank you.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Brenda Durham, Thank You for taking the time to stop by and share! In HIS Love, Peace Joy & May the FRUIT of HIS Spirit abound in your life! Blessings!

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      Brenda Durham 7 years ago


      Another concise, wonderful hub!

      Thanks DeBorrah.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Bro Dave, Thank you for your confirming encouraging words! Yes! Sin is anything that separates us from the Lord! Yes we miss the mark!

      We all need Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to call on and help us from allowing sin to reign in our lives! The perfection in the Bible we strive for means to be complete in Him not flawless… As we pray and meditate on His Word the Fruit of HIS Spirit begins to flourish in our lives and we should then sin less... This is a lifelong process. We never get to the point that we don’t need Him as Savior and Lord! "We are forever becoming..." Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Congratulations on this Hub DeBorrah. I looked up the word sin in my handy dandy dictionary, by Mr. Webster. He states that to sin: means to fall short of the mark.

      Since God sets our mark for us as Christians, nobody can help but to fall short as God Himself puts it. "My thoughts are higher than your thoughts and my ways higher than your ways." We can never equal or match up to God's heavenly standards.

      Only Jesus, who is God made man, qualifies as perfect man.

      Brother Dave

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      DrPastorCarlotta, Amen & AMEN! Thank God for JESUS! Oh what a wonderful SAVIOR! Thank YOU for stopping by to share! GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      What is Sin? Anything that separates us from God is sin, ANYTHING! That's the answer, period! GREAT HUB DeBorrah.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Johnny, Sin is anything that separates us from God! His Holy Spirit is present in our lives to convict us of sin! This is why it is important to consistently study the WORD of GOD and ask to be filled with His Holy Spirit! Peace & Blessings!

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      Johnny 8 years ago

      Sin is, basically, ones own ignorance. Ignorance is sin and sin is ignorance. Only out of ignorance can sin come to light. If a person were learned in a certain matter, he or she would not be ignorant of its knowledge, understanding and Truth. But because ignorance obscures the Truth, it obscures the Light of God and keeps those in ignorance in darkness. I pray that you think about that in your Heart of Hearts. Brother Johnny.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Stars 439, Stars, Thank you! I am most thankful to the Lord for His presence in my life! I am touched by your kind and thoughtful comments. I so do love the Lord! It is my sincere desire to share that God truly can make all the difference in the world in our lives.

      I do hope you have been encouraged in your walk with the Lord. The Lord knows exactly where you are! He is there for you! I believe that as long as the Lord has us here on the earth there is always room for improvement! I so enjoy your open and honest hubs. I think we all learn from one another... Thank you for taking the time to share and visit! May the Lord continue to keep you and strengthen you! May He keep you and your family in His love and care! In His Love Peace & Blessings!

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A very nice hub well expressed. Informative thoughts to ponder. Your love of God is wonderful, and you have been rewarded by God in many ways. Your intelligence and expression and graceful way of speaking to us in language is our rewarding experience. Your thoughts on sin have a straight forward accuracy about them. Your knowledge of the word is what you share with us from a kindly heart. God Bless you. You are our lovely and sweet earthly angel, with a heart from Heaven ,as you share your precious thoughts with us. How fortunate we are to learn from you. May angels in Heaven always be with you.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Habee, Thank You! I am always HAPPY to see you! You are always so Optimistic! Thank you for shairng, In His love & Blessings!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Great take on sin, Deb. You always give me a lot to think about!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Thank you for visiting again. I do not think it crazy at all that you talk to the Lord. It is better what GOD KNOWS rather than what others think! Who knows better than the Lord what is going on with you!

      Father! We come in the name of JESUS knowing that above you there is no other! Father! We thank you for the promise and presence of your Divine and Holy Spirit that resides within us.

      Father! We ask that you fill Tracy with your Spirit and touch her in the WAY that only YOU can! We come knowing that you are everywhere and can do anything!

      Father! as we come we realize before we even speak that you know our intentions, thoughts and desires. We thank you that we have you to come to. Lord I stand together in agreement with Tracy and out of obedience ask that you restore Tracy's health. Lord you made her and we realize that you are able to heal her. Father! We ask that you relieve her of any pain, stress or discomfort and renew her for we know that only you can make her whole. We will forever give you the Praise!

      We thank you in the Mighty name of Jesus...


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      Tracy711 8 years ago

      hello, I so enjoyed reading your hub. I too am a christian and love the Lord with all my being. He saved me so many times in so many ways. And I speak to him every day all day. People probably think i'm crazy i talk to myself but it's God who I speak to asking for help,guidance or whatever I may need. I'm a newbie to hubbing and I have read alot of helpful and interesting hubs. I do ask if you might say a prayer for me. I suffer with a brain tumor and God has kept me going but prayer always helps. thank you

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Welcome and Thank you for visiting. What a wonderful refreshing way to start the day! It is my prayer that you continue to be inspired as you continue on your path discovering TRUTH! I agree; “For one, if we consistently "walk in the truth," practice "will make permanent". You are also right about this world seriously hurting. Many do not realize that there is a purpose for each of our lives. Healing is available. Walking in TRUTH sets you FREE and the path to PEACE then becomes much clearer!

      I pray that you receive the Comforter into your heart and that the Lord gives you the "PEACE that surpasses the understanding of man." which is a fruit of His Spirit. Again Thank you, your thoughts, comments or questions are welcome at anytime!


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      J Burgraff 8 years ago


      I try to begin my day with some sort of spiritual reading. Your comment on my hub inspired me to take a look at yours and the title "what is sin?" interested me. The question of sin and how we account for it in our past, make peace with, and continue to grow so that we do "not miss the mark" are all subjects that I have been contemplating. While I am not a Christian, I believe there are universal truths you have outlined that are important to a daily spiritual practice. For one, if we consistently "walk in the truth", practice "will make permanent". Walking in the truth will bring us a fellowship with one another, and this world is seriously hurting for that sort of fellowship right now. I look forward to your writing.


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 9 years ago

      I agree NarayanKrishna that they are frightened by qualified and good people. They often manipulate the situation to cast the good person in a negative light to discredit them in order to make themselves look and feel better.

      It is sad but I have come to realize that a lot of well known institute(s) have become quite callous and impersonal. All too often they embrace whatever are whoever is popular or who will just do what they want. But as good people we have something so much more valuable like morals and principles. The only justice may be in knowing that you truly are a person of integrity and have a lot to offer, which is really their loss.


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      NarayanKrishna 9 years ago from The country of Mount Everest

      Well DeBorrah K. Ogans. You are very right. These people are frightened from qualified and good people. However they tortured the qualified peson and the victim has no way to find justice even in well known institute(s) in the world.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 9 years ago

      Issues Veritas,

      My apology for the delayed response. Thank you for taking the time to read my hub.

      I believe by faith that the Bible is the infallible “Word” of God. Although written or scribed by man they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the most factual, magnificent, extraordinary literary composition ever written . The Bible does not contradict itself. God is confirmed throughout as Creator, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient intelligent Master who is Eternal. God was not created He always has been. He is the Great “I AM.” The Apostle John says; “In the beginning was the Word , and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life and that life was the light of men………. That Word became flesh and dwelt among us who is Jesus Christ !

      The devil in the form of a serpent seduced Eve and Adam complied. God had perfectly provided all they needed. Adam already knew not to eat the fruit. God had given him only one command “you are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…” They chose to “do their own thing” anyway. Here is where the door to sin enters and the consequence for their disobedience was separation from God. The Bible has a plethora of narratives depicting disobedience and the beauty of God’s Grace. The devil takes on many forms and every since then he continues in many ways to deceive and cause mankind to go astray from what God intends.

      Jesus Christ came to restore and extend us the opportunity to have a renewed relationship with God. He lived a sinless life in the flesh and overcame sin for us. He came to show us the WAY! We need Jesus to help us whenever sin beckons. This is why we who are believers need and call upon Him as our Savior and Lord!


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 9 years ago


      Thank You for reading my hub.

      I believe that those who misuse power actually display their weaknesses and insecurity.

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      NarayanKrishna 9 years ago from The country of Mount Everest

      There is no question of sin to those who have power and authority. They show their strengths by misusing these power and authority.

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      issues veritas 9 years ago


      Nicely written even though I don't agree with it.

      Religion and Intelligent Thought don't have an natural bridge to come across to each other.

      scriptures such as the bible, were created by men (not man) for men and they are interpreted by men. Women, are made to be subservient to men. All men are not created alike. Adam was the only one created from the soil. Eve, from his rib and all others followed Eve.

      The God created by the bible has too many attributes of humans and that is not a good thing. Banishing Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden for theft, while doing little when murder was committed by Cain.

      Having a talking and cunning serpent in the Garden, what was that all about? By the way, what happened to that serpent, as many people don't consider the serpent as the devil.

      I always thought that the sins were violating the ten commandments, wherever they are.



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