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WHAT IS SIN?

UNIVERSAL SIN


Universal Sin Also referred to as Original Sin

A term used to denote the effect of Adam's sin upon the moral life of his descendants. It is formally defined as "that whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil." The fact of sin in this sense is plainly declared in the Scriptures. In accord with this is the fact of the universality of sin, also proclaimed in Scripture and borne witness to by history and human self-consciousness.
(from The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright 1988.)
As he begins Romans the apostle has a strong argument in which he shows that Jews and Gentiles alike are all "under sin"; he quotes Scripture, "there is none righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10). The whole human race is involved in sin. Paul does recognize that people on occasion act kindly and do good (Romans 2:7-10,14). But that is not a problem. Sin is. And it is no minor problem, for it covers the whole human race and has calamitous consequences for every sinner (see Hooker).
(from Dictionary of Paul and His Letters 1993 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.)

Psalms 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
(NKJV)

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned
(NKJV)

Ephesians 2:1-3
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
(NKJV)

Romans 3:9-23
What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. ... Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. ... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(NIV)

Everyone, without exception is under sin's dominion.
 


In Scripture, light is associated with

Christ John 8:12 Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world.
The Word of God Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
God's people Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. ... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
God's blessing Proverbs 4:18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

While darkness is associated with
 
Satan Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Sin Matthew 6:22-23

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Death Job 3:3-5

May the day perish on which I was born, and the night in which it was said, "A male child is conceived." May that day be darkness; may God above not seek it, nor the light shine upon it. May darkness and the shadow of death claim it; may a cloud settle on it;

Spiritual ignorance John 1:3-5

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Divine judgment Matthew 8:12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This explains why God separated the light from the darkness, for the two have nothing in common. God's people are to "walk in the light" (1 John 1:5-10), for "what communion has light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14-16; Ephesians 5:1-14)
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament 2001-2004 by Warren W. Wiersbe.)
 

There are three steps to Universal Sin:

First The Origin Of Sin Believe it or not, God is the origin of sin. He said this Himself in Isaiah 45:5-7. The reason was to offer a choice. Humanity was His only creation that was "created in His image" (Genesis 1:26-27).  He gave us the power to choose our destiny (Joshua 24:15; Jeremiah 21:8).

Isaiah 45:5-7
I am the LORD (Yahweh), and there is no one else; there is no God (Elohiym) besides Me. ... That men may know from the east and the rising of the sun and from the west and the setting of the sun that there is no God besides Me. I am the LORD, and no one else [is He].
I form the light and create darkness, I make peace [national well-being] and I create [physical] evil (calamity); I am the Lord, Who does all these things.
(AMP)

Genesis 1:26-27
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; ... So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
(NKJV)

Jeremiah 21:8
8 "Now you shall say to this people, 'Thus says the Lord: "Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death."
(NKJV)

Joshua 24:15
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve
(NKJV)

Second The First To Sin This would be Satan (Lucifer) when he mutinied against God, causing one third of the angles to choose to go with him.

Isaiah 14:12-15
How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!  For you have said in your heart:
"I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High."
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.
(NKJV)

Third The first man to sin When Adam sinned in eating from the tree that God told him not to eat from, that sin was passed along to every human born to the human race.

Genesis 3:1-19
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'" ...

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. ... And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." ...

Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it':

"Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. ... In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you  were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return."
(NKJV)

Romans 5:14-19
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam... by the one man's offense many died...the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation ... by the one man's offense death reigned through the one... through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation... by one man's disobedience many were made sinners,
(NKJV)

1 Corinthians 15:22
... in Adam all die ...
(NIV)

Romans 3:10-12
As it is written:
"There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.  They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one."
(NKJV)




This explains why we have to teach children NOT to lie.
This explains why we have to teach children NOT to cheat.
This explains why we have to teach children NOT to steal.
This explains why we have to teach children NOT to be mean to others.

This explains why we DO have to teach children to be honest.
This explains why we DO have to teach children to be kind to others.
This explains why we DO have to teach children to show respect to other people.
This explains why we DO have to teach children about God.
This explains why we DO have to teach children that God loves them.
This explains why we DO have to teach children how Jesus sacrificed His life so we can all be free of sin.

 


  

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