Understanding Sin

What is Sin? 

Sin means to miss the mark. It is a term borrowed from archery. When the arrow misses the target, it is called a sin. 

God created us in His image. What we fall short of His perfect morality, justice and love we miss the mark and sin. 

The unfortunate result of Sin is separation from God. 

Where Does Sin Come From? 

Sin is the consequence of rejecting God. A person rejects God when they have a low opinion of Him. They doubt God. They doubt His power, His justice, His Love and most importantly His Wisdom and Instruction. 

This doubt is the seed that the evil one plants in us. Satan attempts to plant this seed in each of us today, just as he did in the garden: 

Genesis 3:1-4 
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" 
2The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 
3but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'" 
4The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die!" 

The evil one casts doubt on: 
1. The wisdom of God's Instructions (the target we need to hit) - "has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" 
2. The truth of the consequence of Sin (which is eath) - "You surely will not die!" 

If you doubt God's instructions (i.e. the target you need to hit), and the consequence of missing the target (death), then you will always fall short of the target. You will always sin. 

Without the perfection that comes with an intimate relationship with God, sin is the consequence. We live in a sinful and decaying world because of the choice that was made in the garden to reject God. This choice is repeated daily by billions around the world. 

Most people will unfortunately reject God and refuse to repent. What will you choose? 

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Understanding Sin


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