WHAT IS SIN?

The culture rejects the notion that humans are born into sin. Modern psychology considers it taboo to explain people’s problems on account of sin. And yet failure to diagnosis the real problem caused by sin will never lead to proper treatment. The Bible makes it clear, “For there is no one who does not sin” (1 Kgs. 8:46). King David openly confessed, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Ps. 51:5).

This is known as original sin. Adam’s free choice was self-determined (Gen. 2:16; cf. Rom. 5:12) and became the root whereby the entire human race inherits a sinful nature (Rom. 3:20-23; 1 Cor. 15:21-22).

The source of sin and evil originated from Lucifer in heaven before it came to earth. God created Adam and Eve as two perfect human beings (Gen. 1:26-28, 31; 2:7, 15-17, 21-25). However, Satan entered the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-5; 2 Cor.11:3) and tempted Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit. Consequentially, Eve gave in and ate of the forbidden fruit and offered it to Adam (Gen. 3:6). Rather than rebuke Eve of her sin, Adam freely chose not to obey God, and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:9; 3:7, 11).

Since you are born into sin, you will do things that are displeasing to God. Paul writes, “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (Rom. 7:18-19). When temptations come knocking, put on Jesus Christ so that you don’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Rom. 13:14).