What is Sin?

What is SinWhat is Sin?  Some people claim that the Holy Spirit speaks to us and tells us what sin is. Some even claim that they follow their heart for the meaning of sin. They claim they don’t need another definition of sin because they have the Holy Spirit living in them.  For many this is what they are taught, but is this actually true?  Considering that the Gospel message has always been “repent and turn from our sins,” then we definitely need to know how to define sin, so we know what to repent and turn from!


Let’s look at a few different definitions of sin.


Webster’s defines Sin as 1) a: an offense against religious or moral law b: an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible  c: an often serious shortcoming : fault (2) a: transgression of the law of God b: a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God.


“Sin is nothing else than a morally bad act (St. Thomas, “De malo”, 7:3), an act not in accord with reason informed by the Divine law. God has endowed us with reason and free-will, and a sense of responsibility; He has made us subject to His law, which is known to us by the dictates of conscience, and our acts must conform with these dictates, otherwise we sin (Romans 14:23).” 1The Catholic Encyclopedia – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14004b.htm


Let’s not make something up or go off what we have been told, but instead, let’s look at the word of YHWH for the answer.  It has been around longer than any other reference, and we do in fact have a definition of sin in our Bibles. Because of this, we really have no need to look any further for any other definition of sin.


The Bible describes/defines sin as the breaking, or transgression, of YHWH’s law or Torah (1 John 3:4).  It is also defined as disobedience or rebellion against YHWH (Deuteronomy 9:7), which is the same thing as a transgression of YHWH’s Torah.  The root word of Torah is yarah, and it has to do with “hitting the mark.”  Sin is what separates us from YHWH and causes us not to be found righteous.  Torah (the first five books of the Bible) are YHWH’s holy, set apart standards of righteousness.  Many people have no idea how the Bible describes righteousness, so let’s look at a few verses.


Deuteronomy 6:24-25

‘And YHWH commanded us to do all these laws, to fear YHWH our Elohim, for our good always, to keep us alive, as it is today. ‘And it is “righteousness”  for us when we guard to do all this command before YHWH our Elohim, as He has commanded us.’


Ezekiel 18:9

If he walks in My laws, and he has guarded My right-rulings in truth – he is “righteous,” he shall certainly live!” declares the Master YHWH.



The front of the book should be our guide for how to live as well as how not to live out our lives!!  It’s not just a bunch of rules. It is our Creator’s HEART poured out.  It’s a Father’s loving instructions for His children.


Let’s not miss the mark or be separated from YHWH!!


Let us be a holy nation, His holy people, and children that respect their Father, Creator, and King the way He deserves to be loved and respected!!


And all His children will say… AMEN!!

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14004b.htm

Posted on July 3, 2015 in Answering Tough Questions, Confronting Mainstream Christians, The Torah Today

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Jeremy lives in North Louisiana with his wife and three children. He grew up in Methodist and Baptist churches most of his life. His pastor, who also happened to be his Uncle, started realizing that Torah was still an important part of our relationship with God and began to incorporate Torah into his messages. Jeremy set out on a mission to prove his Uncle wrong and dove head first into the Word. He failed in his quest to disprove his Uncle and came to realize that the whole Word still applies to believers today.

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