SIN — what is it?
Adam & Eve committed the first sin by disobeying God. The first boy born on this Earth grew to manhood & murdered his own brother. And we know sin has existed in every generation since.
In our time however, there is one difference: many no longer know what sin is. Things evil are sometimes designated as good; things good, as evil.
Isaiah condemned such a practice declaring, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil...” (Isaiah 5:20)
Until one knows what sin is, a person will not value seeking forgiveness. Since this confusion exists, we’re going to focus our study on understanding what sin is and how God views sin.
• A crime is a sin but not every sin is a crime. Crimes are committed against people; sin is committed against God. (Psalm 51:4)
• Sin is not unbelief alone. Unbelief forms the basis of sin and lead to further sin. (John 16:8-9)
• Sin is the transgression (breaking) of a commandment or law found in the Bible. By “law” - the Apostle meant the Word of God which includes both the Old & New Testament.
Simply put, sin is doing what God forbids or failing to do what He commands.