The Problem with Sin

by Tim Leahy

The problem with sin is that it separates and destroys. It destroyed humanity’s relationship with God, it destroys relationships between people, and it destroys us individually.

Before we go further let me define sin. Sin is disobedience/rebellion. It is doing what we have been told not to do or failing to do what we have been instructed to do by God.

Let me also clear up a common misrepresentation of God. He is not a control freak or the Divine cop waiting to bust us. He is our Heavenly Father (Ephesians 1:2-3) who loves us and wants what’s best for us.

As our Heavenly Father, He has provided rules for us to live by because He knows what’s best for us and He doesn’t want us to be destroyed by sin. This is no different than us as parents. We don’t let our kids play in traffic or play with venomous snakes because we don’t want harm to come to them. We want to protect them, just as our Heavenly Father wants to protect us from the destructiveness of sin.

The Origin of Sin

According to God, sin came about because the first humans (Adam and Eve) disobeyed Him. In Genesis 2:15-17, God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and warned him if he did he would die. The word “die” (death) means separation. God was telling Adam if he disobeyed (sin) he would be separated from Him (spiritual death) [Isaiah 59:2] and he would begin physically dying and would be physically separated from his body and life on earth (Genesis 5:5).

This one act of disobedience destroyed the perfect relationship between God and man, and affected all of humanity (Roman 5:12). Because God is our loving Heavenly Father He did not leave us in our separated and destructive condition. He did something about it. He provided a Way to restore our relationship with Him and a Way for us not to have to live with sin’s destructive consequences. This Good News is called the Gospel – click here for details. God’s solution was Jesus.

What Constitutes Sin?

As I previously mentioned, sin is disobedience/rebellion. It is doing what we have been told not to do or failing to do what we have been instructed to do by God.

Sin is what God says it is in His written revelation known as the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). It’s not a matter of opinion. Humans don’t determine what is and what isn’t sin, God does. Therefore, it is important to know what God says (Click here to read “Why Read The Bible”).

There are sins of the mind (Matthew 5:28-29; 1 John 3:15); sins of the mouth – taking God’s name in vain, lying, cursing, being mean to others (Ephesians 4:29, 5:4, Colossians 3:8) there are sins of the flesh – theft, drunkenness, murder, rape, fornication, adultery , homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 5:16). This is not a complete list, but you get the general idea. All sin damages and destroys. It damages our relationship with God, our relationship with others and even how we feel about ourselves.

As I mentioned earlier, because God loves us, He does not want our relationship with Him (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9), or others to be damaged and destroyed, so He provided a Solution.

God’s Solution for Sin

If you took the time to read The Gospel you discovered that God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in our place to pay the penalty for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 4:25) so we could be freed from sin’s destructive consequences now and for eternity (Romans 6:18).

We do not have to live separated from God or be captive to sin’s destructive consequences. He has given us the choice to receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and restoration through faith (Romans 6: 23; Ephesians 2:8-9).

Our Choice Regarding Sin

The choice is yours. You can trust that Jesus died for your sins to reconcile you to God and commit your life to living God’s Way, or you can reject God’s gift and live your way. God will honor your choice. To receive Jesus, please click here.

As followers of Jesus we do not have to live in sin (Romans 6:1-5). That doesn’t mean we won’t sin, it just means we don’t have to continue to live in sin. He has given us a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:9-10), His Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans 8:11), and He given us His Spirit and His Word/Bible to transform us (Romans 12:1-2).

Therefore, as followers of Jesus we can choose to live His way – believing and following His way, or we can live in sin and live a defeated, destructive and unfulfilled life. The choice is ours. Jesus said He came to give us a full and abundant life (John 10:10), therefore, why live in sin? If you have questions and want to talk to someone about all of this, please click here.

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