Failure of Behavior?

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative


Historically, whether intentional or not, sin is widely seen culturally as the human failure of right behavior.

It is often viewed as a mistake without evil intent, and the guilt it causes can be overcome through better education and correct behavior. The basis of this common worldview is that man is basically good.

But the Bible's Hebrew and Greek terms associated with the English translation of "sin" provide a different perspective to the concept of sin. Here is just one example:

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)

The idea that sin originates with one's desires was introduced by Jesus, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matt 5:27-28)

Note carefully that Jesus indicates that sin can be committed by simply the thought rather than its commission!

Sin is against the very nature and person of God, and God considers all sin deliberate.

Sin arises from someone with a twisted moral character who is not basically good.

Sin is not just about behavior; but, decisively about desire. It is in this context that sin is seen as enslaving and controlling everyone in its power.

To learn more, see:

Sin is Godless

Series: The Doctrine on Hamartiology
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Series: The Doctrine on Hamartiology
The First Sin

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