I have told many people that I would create a thread talking about what sin actually is. In order to actually understand what sin is we need to look
at the word's origin. The word is derived from an Old English archery term,"synn," which means to "miss the mark." So what are we supposed to
aim for? Matt. 5:48 says, "be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." If we are not perfect as God is perfect we have missed the
Now, it is pretty obvious to anyone that no regular human can ever hit that mark. God gave us free will. Satan used our ability to make our own
choices to make us disobey god.
We know that God is just and fair(psalm 25:8). The penalty for all sin is a penalty we cannot pay. The life of a sinless person. The consequence is
death and eternity in hell. So a Just God by his own law must send sinners to hell. However, it is unfair of God to condemn us all to hell without
offering some form of redemption. How and why did God do this? Well he created us, so He took responsibility for our faults himself and sent his Son
to die for us. He loves us that much.
Notice the spiritual consequence for all sins is the same. Death and eternity in hell. God tells us we will be judged based on how we judge others
(Matt 7:1-2,Luke 6:37). So if you say that a murderer has no chance at salvation because he has "missed the mark" then God would say you condemned
this man to hell for "missing the mark", so must I do the same for you.
Now I had a good question from someone based on 1 John 3:9 and 1 John 5:18. They asked if born-again Christians still sin. The answer is yes(1 John
1:8-10). The two verses above when translated from the original text literally mean that a born-again Christian does not make a lifestyle out of sin,
not that they quit sinning altogether. Link below is a short analysis of the text.
We all sin. Therefore, We all deserve death and we all deserve Hell (Romans 3:10). This is why breaking one point of the Law makes you guilty of
breaking the whole Law. The consequence never changes. Now, when we speak of redemption some believe it is a physical action, but its more a change of
the mind. It is realizing that you are always going to "miss the mark" even if you try your hardest not too, and that is why you need a Savior.
However, no where in the Bible does it say changing your behavior is a requirement to ask for salvation; the only requirement is to know and
understand that you need to ask, because you cannot save yourself.
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.
8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has
set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his
own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of
the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.