a look at sin

Author: Bob Longo
A look at Sin

Sin is an unpopular subject. However, God has put the word sin (sin, sins, sinner, sinners) in the bible some 642 times. From these numbers it is obvious God is concerned about sin.

I would like to attempt answering the following questions about sin.

1. What is sin?
2. Is there more then one type of sin?
3. Are there different consequences for different types of sins?
4. What is the punishment for sin?
5. Can sins be forgiven?

We must look in the Bible for the answers to these questions. Only in the Bible can we find the truth. In Romans3:4 ” let God be true, but every man a liar”

The first indication we find in the Bible of what a sin might be and what the penalty is for committing a sin is in the book of Genesis the second chapter. God tells Adam that he may eat of all the trees in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (). This is the first indication of God giving any type of command to man. Some time after God gave his first command to man, we find man disobeying that command.

Adam was in the garden with his wife. The serpent playing off the pride of the woman (a picture of the pride of all mankind) convinced her to eat of the tree, and the woman gave some to her husband. They knew they had sinned and attempted to hide themselves from the LORD ().

Form the above example we can see several things that will help us understand sin.

1. God gave Adam a command.
2. When God gave the command He said, “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
3. Adam disobeyed that command.
4. Adam did not immediately die physically; he lived to be 930 years old ().

Are we to believe that God lied to Adam when he said, “For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”? God forbid, Adam and Eve died immediately, but not death as we usually think of it. The immediate death was their relationship with God, a spiritual death. (a subject for another time) The Bible speaks of three types of death.

1. Death as we know it; death of the flesh.
2. Spiritual death; caused by Adam and suffered by all mankind.
3. The second death, hell, eternal damnation, or eternal torment.

Can we be certain that what Adam did was sin? We can look in Romans , . Here we read that sin came into the world by one man (Adam) and has continued to reign since that day.

In the above example, Adam disobeyed God’s command by action. However, God tells us, we can sin by what we think as well. In Matthew we read “That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Mat 5:27-28)

Although the verses mentioned above do not say thought per se, the meaning is clear. God, many times uses the word heart to depict what we might call the mind, and speaks of the thoughts of the heart. For example in we read: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Now we have an idea of what sin is. Nevertheless, what about types of sin, or degrees of sin? Early church fathers wrote extensively on the subject of sin, and taught that there are mortal, and vienial sins. However, these writings are not baked up by biblical truth, but rather church doctrine; which is at odds with the Bible in many cases.

The Bible teaches that all sin is the same to God. We see this in verses that speak of what seem to us to be a minor infraction of God’s law; yet hold the same punishment as what we might perceive a more grievous sin. We read a story of a man who broke the forth commandment by picking up a few sticks on the Sabbath day. For what we may see as a minor infraction of God’s law, the LORD commanded that Moses have the congregation stone the man to death ().

Another example of God treating all sin the same comes out of Deuteronomy. The Fifth commandment is: Honor thy father and thy mother ( ). We have to admit that our children break this commandment quite frequently. Many parents have children that are thieves, drug addicts, and worse. What does God direct us to do with a stubborn and rebellious child? “And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear” ( – 21). Again, God is telling us that what we might perceive as a minor infraction of the rules is a grievous act of rebellion against His law.

God also tells us in :

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, do not commit adultery, said also, do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

The above verses tell us that if we break any of God’s laws, it is the same to God no matter which of His laws we break.

God does however differentiate between sins, but only as to what sins may be forgiven vs what sins are not forgiven. In God tells us that all sins can be forgiven except for the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Sprit.
Therefore, by now, what sin is, and how God looks at sin (note I said how GOD looks at sin; not how man would like God to look at sin) has been fairly well explained for a short study.

However, what about the punishment for sin? This too should be apparent from the scriptures offered. The punishment for sin is death. We read in Roman “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Ultimately, if not saved by the faith of Jesus Christ (a subject for deeper study) we will go to hell. We find these words in :

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”.

When we are saved, we want to follow the commands of God. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Those that love God follow his commands. : If ye love me, keep my commandments.

May God Bless You.

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (ESV)

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So 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 to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (ESV)

Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. (ESV)

5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.

When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died.

When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. 10 Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died.

12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. 13 Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died.

15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered Jared. 16 Mahalalel lived after he fathered Jared 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Thus all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died.

18 When Jared had lived 162 years he fathered Enoch. 19 Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died.

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered Lamech. 26 Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died.

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son 29 and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” 30 Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died.

32 After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (ESV)

12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. 13 Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died. (ESV)

5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.

When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died.

When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. 10 Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died.

12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. 13 Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died.

15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered Jared. 16 Mahalalel lived after he fathered Jared 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Thus all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died.

18 When Jared had lived 162 years he fathered Enoch. 19 Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died.

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered Lamech. 26 Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died.

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son 29 and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” 30 Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died.

32 After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (ESV)

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (ESV)

32 While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. 34 They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him. 35 And the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as the Lord commanded Moses. (ESV)

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (ESV)

18 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, (ESV)

10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. (ESV)

21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope.” (ESV)

19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (ESV)

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (ESV)

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (ESV)

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    November 28, 2009 at 5:46 am

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