A Working Definition

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative

But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (Jam 1:14-15)


Sin is any human desire that is not set within the context and priority of the desire to love God - agape love that respects the force of His word.

This definition takes into account how sin entered this world and changed human nature.

Sin is the ultimate expression of human nature and one's personal desire of not loving God.

This correlates very well with the Jesus' Greatest Commandment:

And He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the great and foremost commandment." (Matt 22:37-38)

Understanding that the personal act of sin is based on one's desire implies that it matters what you see, hear, and feel.

To learn more, see:

Derire and Lust

Series: The Doctrine on Hamartiology
Sodom and Gomorrah

Series: The Doctrine on Hamartiology
Types of Sin?

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