Bible Answers: Sin is a part of the human condition

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By Chuck McCullough

“From where does sin come and how does it affect us?”

In its biblical context, sin is a theological concept. It characterizes that state of being of finite, temporal man set over against infinite, eternal God.
That is, God is holy and perfect. Man, who falls pitifully short of God’s holiness and perfection, lives in constant, willful rebellion against God (Rom. 3:23). Sin is both the human condition as well as the resultant actions.
The origin of this sinful state? In the beginning, the first humans were given a choice to obey God or disobey Him. They chose to disobey God (Gen. 3). Thus, sin entered the world through humans (Rom. 5:12) because they possessed, from God, free will.
Sin continues in the world because humans, who still have freedom to choose, are fully inclined to prefer their own way, against God, and to elevate self into His place in their lives (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:9-19).
Actually, this tendency to put self first is no big secret. Practically every normal person deals with some measure of guilt or a stricken conscience. These feelings of guilt are not sent from God nor do they of necessity arise from the accusations of others. They originate in a person’s awareness that he exists and lives in a way that falls short of the ideal (see Ps. 51:3-5; Isa. 59:1-12; Rom. 1:18-2:29).
Sin may seem good, even pleasurable, in the moment (Heb. 11:25), but it leads to death (Num. 32:23; Rom. 6:23; Jas. 1:15). In our more honest moments, we acknowledge that there is no escape from this condition that we can produce on our own.
We, however, are not left without hope. Indeed, the whole Bible is essentially the revelation of man’s deepest need and God’s greatest answer (Isa. 53; 61; I Cor. 15:50-58; Eph. 2:1-10; Col. 2:13-14; I Pet. 1).