What does sin mean? What is sin?

Manu Ryösö
Maria Bavis

Sin can be described in many ways. It is when our thoughts, words and actions rebel and move away from what is right in God’s eyes. What is common to all sin is that it slowly takes us out of the life and purposes of God. In short, sin is when the heart abandons God.

The term ‘original sin’ refers to a tendency in all humans to choose what is wrong. It is known by its fruit: evil thoughts, doing what is wrong, words that tear down, and neglecting to do what is right.

Sin hurts and destroys life. Your own and other people’s lives are examples of this. If nothing else, God’s Word and the Ten Commandments serve as a measuring rod for where people really stand.

According to the Bible everyone has sinned. None of us are without sin and no one can escape the consequences of sin. Sin separates us from God and His holiness. The wages of sin are death and eternal separation from God. However, man cannot redeem himself before God – only God can do so.

For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
(Romans 3:22-24 ESV)

God, have mercy on me and forgive me for my sins!