Can someone please define what sin is?
I have, but the bible is subject to interpretation.Gary_Bee said:I thought you had done Bible study? If you had, it would have been very simple. In the Bible, you have several definitions of sin. And they are from different authors.
As this is a Christian forum and we believe the Bible and sin is a Christian concept, the Bible will be the right place to look.
Have you looked there?
Gary_Bee said:..... more..... (still under the heading of "Bible Study")
The New Testament picture is much like that of the Old Testament.
Several of the words used for sin in the New Testament have almost the same meaning as some of the Hebrew words used in the Old Testament. The most notable advancement in the New Testament view of sin is the fact that sin is defined against the backdrop of Jesus as the standard for righteousness. His life exemplifies perfection. The exalted purity of His life creates the norm for judging what is sinful.
In the New Testament, sin also is viewed as a lack of fellowship with God. The ideal life is one of fellowship with God. Anything which disturbs or distorts this fellowship is sin.
The New Testament view of sin is somewhat more subjective than objective. Jesus taught quite forcefully that sin is a condition of the heart. He traced sin directly to inner motives stating that the sinful thought leading to the overt act is the real sin. The outward deed is actually the fruit of sin. Anger in the heart is the same as murder (Matt. 5:21-22). The impure look is tantamount to adultery (Matt. 5:27-28). The real defilement in a person stems from the inner person (heart) which is sinful (Matt. 15:18-20). Sin, therefore, is understood as involving the essential being of a person, that is, the essential essence of human nature.
The New Testament interprets sin as unbelief. However, unbelief is not just the rejection of a dogma or a creed. Rather, it is the rejection of that spiritual light which has been revealed in Jesus Christ. Or, from another perspective, unbelief is the rejection of the supreme revelation as it is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Unbelief is resistance to the truth of God revealed by the Spirit of God and produces moral and spiritual blindness. The outcome of such rejection is judgment. The only criterion for judgment is whether or not one has accepted or rejected the revelation of God as found in Jesus Christ (John 3:18-19; 16:8-16).
The New Testament further pictures sin as being revealed by the law of Moses. The law was preparatory, and its function was to point to Christ. The law revealed sin in its true character, but this only aroused in humanity a desire to experience the forbidden fruit of sin. The law as such is not bad, but humanity simply does not have the ability to keep the law. Therefore, the law offers no means of salvation; rather, it leaves humanity with a deep sense of sin and guilt (Rom. 7). The law, therefore, serves to bring sin into bold relief, so that it is clearly perceptible.
The most common New Testament word for sin is hamartia. That has already been explained in the post above.
Parabasis, Ã¢â‚¬Å“trespassÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“transgression,Ã¢â‚¬Â literally, means to step across the line. One who steps over a property line has trespassed on another personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s land; the person who steps across GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s standard of righteousness has committed a trespass or transgression.
Anomia means Ã¢â‚¬Å“lawlessnessÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“iniquityÃ¢â‚¬Â and is a rather general description of sinful acts, referring to almost any action in opposition to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s standard of righteousness.
Poneria, Ã¢â‚¬Å“evilÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“wickedness,Ã¢â‚¬Â is even a more general term than anomia.
Adikia, Ã¢â‚¬Å“unrighteousness,Ã¢â‚¬Â is just the opposite of righteous. In forensic contexts outside the New Testament, it described one who was on the wrong side of the law.
Akatharsia, Ã¢â‚¬Å“uncleannessÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“impurity,Ã¢â‚¬Â was a cultic word used to describe anything which could cause cultic impurity. It was used quite often to describe vicious acts or sexual sins.
Apistia, Ã¢â‚¬Å“unbelief,Ã¢â‚¬Â literally refers to a lack of faith. To refuse to accept the truth of God by faith is to sin. Hence any action which can be construed as unfaithful or any disposition which is marked by a lack of faith is sinful.
Epithumia, often translated Ã¢â‚¬Å“lust,Ã¢â‚¬Â is actually a neutral word. Only the context can determine if the desire is good or evil. Jesus said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I sufferÃ¢â‚¬Â (Luke 22:15 NIV), Paul used this word with a modifier meaning, Ã¢â‚¬Å“evil,Ã¢â‚¬Â in Colossians 3:5, where it is translated Ã¢â‚¬Å“evil concupiscenceÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“evil desires.Ã¢â‚¬Â When used in this way, the word could refer to almost any evil desire but was most often used to describe sexual sins (Matt. 5:28).
In future, I do suggest that you get yourself a Biblical dictionary.... Holman's is a great one.
Source: HOLMAN BIBLE DICTIONARY
With summary definitions and explanatory articles on every Bible subject; introductions and teaching outlines for each Bible book; in-depth theological articles; plus internal maps, charts, illustrations, scale reconstruction drawings, and archaeological photos.
GENERAL EDITOR Trent C. Butler, Ph.D
**********The Tuatha'an said:Yes, DM, but you are an individual.
I just want to see how other define sin.
Gary_Bee said:Darck Marck was right.
Just one correction here in case that it was not pointed out in later posts? The below verse is not in the old testament only! See 1 John 3:4 "Whosoever committeth sin trangresseth also the law: for sin IS THE TRANGRESSION OF THE LAW." (and this is not Moses law or laws, of Deut. 31)
One concept of sin in the Old Testament is that of transgression of the law. God established the law as a standard of righteousness; any violation of this standard is defined as sin. Deuteronomy 6:24-25 is a statement of this principle from the perspective that a person who keeps the law is righteous. The implication is that the person who does not keep the law is not righteous, that is, sinful. ....
1 Cor. 15: 34 - "....sin NOT " -- Paulso how does this apply to the new testament?