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What is a "Sin?"

Updated on May 25, 2015

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them…And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." Genesis 1:27, 31 God made humans on the 6th day and it was very good (not just good).

Adam and Eve were created in God’s image and they had His ability to love, to create and to choose. When God created humans, there was only one raison d'être: love God, love others.

Love others: love each other, the animals, and the earth—take care of it. Love God: believe and trust Him, and not eat of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The fruit didn’t give them the power to know good and evil. Their wrongdoing revealed what is good (God loves them and takes care of them) and what is evil (disobeying God, and their feeling of guilt that comes from disobedience). They had never felt guilt before (they had never done something wrong before).

Soon after, they hid from God. And they blamed each other for what had happened. Adam now knew the dissatisfaction of what it means to be afraid, to feel guilty, not love his wife and he blamed her for his mistakes. Eve hated feeling guilty, being wrong and blamed for something she did, and she pointed to the snake. Their experience opened them to a new experience, ergo—new knowledge.

Sin isn’t a mis-behavior, it’s our un-natural inclination to be selfish. We were not made to sin, but we choose to sin. We choose to be selfish. And this defect was passed down to each of us from our ancestors.

Sin = Lover of self (Selfish)

The dictionary defines Selfish (adj.) devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others. Selfishness is loving ourselves more than we love God or others. We don’t want to love and obey God, so we create for ourselves idols to please us (like money, fame, etc.) We love ourselves more than we love our neighbors, so we commit adultery, lie, steal, etc.

"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30, 31

The Law = 10 Commandments

Love God (1-4th Commandments), love others (5th-10th Commandments)

Obeying the Law

But following the law is easier said than done. Our thoughts and bodies yearn for things that are wrong and selfish. Selfishness doesn’t even have to be selfishness for you; it may be selfishness for a loved one—which creates feelings of discord and enmity.

Paul felt the same way: "But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members." Romans 7:23 And his advice is: "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Romans 6:12, 13, 16

So yield yourself to God: "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11 "And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." Romans 8:10

The bible promises help but we have to yield to God and allow the Spirit to work in us. Now that you know this, can you do it? How hard it is to let go of what WE want, and allow God to do what He wants through us? Do you love God enough to yield? Get to know His love, read the Bible. Hide His words in your Heart.

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