In Greek -- the language in which the New Testament was written -- the word for "sin" is "amartia," which literally means "to miss the mark."
For Christians, the "mark" for which we strive is to live in communion with God, basing our lives and actions on the life and actions of Jesus
Christ; hence, when we "miss this mark" we sin.
The Church Fathers further acknowledge that sin is a personal power or force that has usurped the government of the world as created by God and has
tainted creation after the Fall of Adam.
Jesus Christ took on our nature and entered into the world in order to deliver mankind,
through His death and resurrection,
from this force and its consequences, the chief of which is death.
Orthodox Christians believe that sin may be voluntary or involuntary and conscious or unconscious and that sin is always personal in nature, leaving
each person to account for what he or she has done or left undone.
God is everywhere, filling all things -- including the lives of those who have failed to live in accordance with His precepts and even in those who
are blatantly evil.
As Christ Himself says, God allows the sun to shine and the rain to fall on the good and evil alike, and all are God's children, His creation,
worthy of being saved, even if they have yet to "work out [their] own salvation."
In the Orthodox Church, we understand that regardless of how sinful we become, even after being born again through water and the Spirit, we always
have the possibility to repent, to change our direction and our vision and our hearts.
Those "who have eyes, but refuse to see" and those "who have ears, but refuse to listen," we must remember, have not had their eyes plucked out or
their ears cut off; they can indeed see and hear, yet they choose not to.
They can, however, repent and open their eyes and their ears, should they choose to respond to God's lovingkindness, mercy and forgiveness. In the
Gospel of the Prodigal Son, we see the extent of our heavenly Father's forgiveness. The son "came to his senses"
Yes everyone sins....but to truly repent is what Christianity is about.....
There is no sin that cannot be forgiven if one trulyrepents of it!