The Problem: Sin
We all make mistakes. But are seemingly harmless lies and thoughts the same as big sins like murder or adultery?
Discover what the Bible says about sin, and how seriously Heavenly Father takes our sin, whether it's big or small.
Understand God's Law.
Before we can understand the impact of our sins - big or small - we must know the standard that Heavenly Father expects of us. Graciously, He shares this standard through His Law.
Defining Key Terms: The Law
God’s Law, summarized in the Ten Commandments, reflects God’s perfect expectations for us. Any infraction is a serious offense to God punishable by eternal death.
Many view the law as a way to gain God’s favor. However, earning favor by good behavior is impossible because we would have to keep his commandments perfectly. Instead, God gave his law as a mirror to show us our sins (Romans 3:20).
Know the consequences.
If a person breaks a country's law, they face consequences in the justice system. What are the consequences of breaking God's law — and can a loving God really send someone to hell?
Defining Key Terms: Hell
Death means separation. Spiritual death, separation of the soul from God, is a condition we are born into (Ephesians 2:1). Temporal death is the separation of body and soul (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Eternal death is separation from the presence of God forever. This last death, is what is experienced in hell.
Learn about sin.
No one likes to admit they’re wrong, so it’s natural to diminish sin. But can acknowledging sin actually lead to freedom?
Defining Key Terms: Sin
Sin is a violation of God’s law. It positions us against God’s perfect will. This rebellion is so serious that even a single offense makes us guilty of all before God (James 2:10). No amount of human effort or blood of animals can remove the stain of sin (Hebrews 10:4).
Sin is prevalent. It includes things we do (sins of commission) and things we fail to do (sins of omission). Sin not only includes breaking the Ten Commandments but breaking any command given by God like “do not worry” (Matthew 6:25 and following), “be content” (Hebrews 13:5), and “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We have a serious sin problem.
But God has provided a perfect solution.