ABCs of Christianity: Sin is our inability to be perfect

Before moving on to the second member of the Trinity (God the Son), it might be beneficial to discuss a topic you will certainly hear a lot about at church and read in the Bible: the topic of “sin”.  So, what is sin?  The concept of sin in the Bible is as follows “sin is a transgression of God’s law.”  Years ago I taught in an after-school Christian program for elementary school kids called “The Good News Club.”  At those meetings we described sin the following way, “Sin is anything you think, say or do that breaks God’s laws.”  But based on everything the Bible says about sin, you could add to the Good News Club definition.  Let me now give you the DD for sin (Danny definition) based on the entirety of what the Bible says on the topic:

Anything you think, say or do that you shouldn’t; and anything you don’t think, don’t say or don’t do that you should – according to God’s law.

Most people think about sin in terms of “committing a sin,” in other words, doing something bad.  Yes, that’s true, and that is called a sin of commission (committing a sin).  But there is more. There are also “sins of omission,” which means not doing something that you’re supposed to do.  Furthermore, there are sins of word and thought as well.  Yes, we are accountable even for our thoughts!

Boy Danny (you might be saying) by that definition of sin – it is impossible to go without sinning!  That is a very good point grasshopper!  In fact, that point is made throughout the Bible.  Let me show you just a couple verses that come to mind:

Romans 3:23 …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 3:10  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one

It is impossible for us to go without sinning – that is clear.  As a matter of fact, the more you understand the definition of sin, the more you realize that we probably rack up a hefty total of sins every day!  This creates quite a real dilemma.  Do you remember the reason God created us all?  You were created to have a relationship with God, which is His desire for your life. He loves you with an indescribable love and wants this relationship.  Okay, put that on one of your hands and lift it up so that it does not spill out.  Now on the other hand put this; God is holy.  I bet this is not the first time you have heard that phrase?  It is true, God is holy; but what does that really mean?  The Hebrew word which we derive our English word “holy” from means “set apart.”  Typically, when using the word “holy” we are talking about being “set apart from sin.”  One of God’s attributes is that He is perfectly holy (set apart from sin).  This definition helps us to understand how sin “separates us from God.”  It automatically separates us from a perfectly holy God.  So, on one hand, God loves us and wants a relationship with us; but on the other hand He is holy and our sin separates us from Him.  One thing God cannot do…. Wait, did I say that?  Yes I did – Let me digress before completing that sentence.  Being “all powerful” means that “you can do all things that can be done;” so saying that God is all powerful means that God can do all things that can be done.  Back to my sentence; one thing God cannot do (being perfectly holy) is have a relationship with sin or sinful people.  So, how does God deal with this two part dilemma (one part in each of your hands)?

Okay, the answer to that question is in the discussion of the second person of the Trinity – God the Son.

Church Jargon:

Transgression – An act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense.

Sin – A transgression of God’s law.

All powerful – The ability to do anything that can be done.

So, the answer to the great philosophical question, “Can God create a rock so big that He cannot lift it?”….. is “No” because God can do anything that can be done.  Same is true for the youth group version of that same question, “Can God create a burrito so big that He cannot eat it?”  Again, the answer is “No.”  (Pause for laughter)









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