Sin encompasses more than an act or commission; but, it is not the basis of conflict between good and evil.
Of paramount importance is the relationship between God and His very good creation of human beings. When sin
is present, it destroys this relationship.
When the Holy Spirit speaks of sinners through Isaiah, He describes the broken relationship as:
"offspring of evildoers, sons who act corruptly" "abandoned and despised the Lord"
"rebellious people, false sons, sons who refuse to listen to the Lord"
"sons of a sorceress, offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute" "children of rebellion,
offspring of deceit" (Isa 57:3-4)
While Jesus speaks of those who obey His Father as family (Matt 12:50),
He speaks otherwise of sinners:
"brood of vipers" (Matt 3:7)
"adulterous and sinful generation" (Mark 8:38)
"you are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father"
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