What is sin in the Bible?

Here's the answer:

Basically, sin is something that is wrong according to what God and His commands tell us is right.

Sin can include rebellion, disobedience, lying, hatred, stealing, disrespect and more. And every one of us has sinned at some point or another.

When God created the very first people, Adam and Eve, He told them not to eat the fruit from a certain tree. Satan, the enemy of God, tricked Adam and Eve by saying that it was okay to disobey God. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, sin entered the world and spoiled the perfection that God had just created. Now each and every person who has ever been born has inherited a sin nature from Adam and Eve. This means that we sin naturally.

As we read God’s Word, we start to realize we are far from perfect. All of us can agree on this! No matter how good we think we are, none of us is absolutely pure and perfect. Romans 3:10 says, "No one is right with God, no one at all."

Sin is a word that describes anything that is wrong within us—even the slightest imperfection. Because God is perfect, He can’t be around imperfection. That means we couldn’t have a close relationship with God until someone did something about our sin. And God did do something! He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Romans 5:8 says, "But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice in our place to pay the price of sin and to make us acceptable to God again. Everyone who understands they have sinned and believes in Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us will be seen as perfect in God’s eyes (Colossians 1:22). Instead of seeing believers’ sin, God will see Jesus’ sacrifice instead!

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Bible Truth

"Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory" (Romans 3:23).

"Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15).

"But God is faithful and fair. If we admit that we have sinned, he will forgive us our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure" (1 John 1:9).