What is Sin?

Sin is disobeying God’s Commands.

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Satan, The Author of Sin

In the beginning, there was no sin.  At the end of sixth day, God pronounced His creation “very good”.

God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.  Genesis 1:31 NASB

All of creation lived in harmony; all of creation lived in accordance with God’s will.  Then something bad happened.  Satan declared a will opposed to God’s will.  Among other things, Satan declared that he will be like the Most High.

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.  Isaiah 14:14 NASB

Most High describes one aspect of God.  It refers to God’s sovereignty over creation.  Sovereignty means God is the ruler over creation.  Satan declared that he will become the ruler over creation.  As part of Satan’s plan, he entered the Garden of Eden to entice man to follow him in sin.

Adam’s Sin

God had delegated authority over the earth to Adam.  Man was to maintain the Garden of Eden.  God also issued a command to man not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.  The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”  Genesis 2:15 to 2:17 NASB

After being deceived by Satan, Esha (later named Eve) ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Esha gave the fruit to Adam and Adam ate. 

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.  Genesis 3:6 NASB

By disobeying God’s command “not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” sin entered the human race.

Sin under the Law of Moses

After Israel’s exodus from Egypt, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments along with 603 statutes covering all aspects of life.  These commandments and statutes, called the Law of Moses, are found in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, and then reiterated and added to in Deuteronomy.

Sin was disobeying the Law of Moses.  Israel was promised if they obeyed the Law, they would be blessed and if they disobeyed the Law, they would be cursed.

If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out,then I shall give you rains in their season … I shall also grant peace in the land … I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land.  Leviticus 26:3 to 26:6 NASB
But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments … I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever … I will set My face against you so that you will be struck down before your enemies… I will punish you seven times more for your sins.  Leviticus 26:14 to 26:18 NASB

Sin Today

Today sin is disobeying Christ’s Commandments.  Christ’s Commandments are provided and taught throughout the New Testament.  See Christ’s Commandments web page for more information.

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