Sin is ANY variance from what is good. Sin is not what YOU define it to be. Sin is what GOD defines it to be. Sin is any failure to keep the Law of God that He revealed to the children of Israel under the Old Covenant. You can read these requirements in the Old Testament books of Exodus and Numbers. As one reads about the Law given in Exodus and Numbers, they should realize that keeping the Law wasn’t simple. Actually, keeping the Law was an impossibe task! Why would God require us to do something He knows we can’t do? First, you must understand that God didn’t give these requirements in order for them to be mankind’s salvation (Rom. 3:19-20). God was showing mankind that they are incapable of being strong enough to overcome the power of sin (Gal. 3:10-11, 1 Cor. 15:56). God instituted and required the sacrificial system to be practiced by every household, in order to show them that God could not accept anyone based upon their own merit. No matter how “good” that individual seemed to be. Under the Old Covenant, every head of household was to trust in an innocent animal’s shed blood in order to atone for the sins that they and their family had committed (Lev. 1-7). There were no exceptions to this. They All had to offer a sacrifice, because All needed to be forgiven of sins. Without the shedding of innocent blood to atone (cover over) for their sinfulness, there could be no right standing and favor from God given to them (Heb. 9:22). This was the foundational truth that undergirded all the blessings of the Lord. The blessings that could come upon the children of Israel by keeping the moral commandments, practicing civil law between one another and performing ceremonial requirements, were only available because the blood sacrifice made up the difference for when they didn’t keep all of these Laws perfectly! So if God’s covenant people did not trust in the sacrifices to be the means that made them right with God, they were not right with God! It didn’t matter how hard they tried to practice morality and keep the other requirements of the Law. It didn’t matter how much time and effort they spent at the tabernacle. It didn’t even matter that they offered a sacrifice for sins, if they didn’t trust in that alone to make them right with God! This is why the Scribes and the Pharisees were rejected by God. They did offer sacrifices for their sin, but didn’t TRUST IN IT as The Way to be in right standing with God. Jesus reminded these hypocrites of the words of Isaiah, “saying this people draw near unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:8-9). And from what “Book” did these blind guides teach from? The Old Testament. And what were their doctrines? A false way based on a legitimate “biblical” truth, but slightly twisted. They were busy discussing and trying to live according to scriptures, but were never able to come to the knowledge of what the Scriptures testified. Right standing with God is by faith in The Sacrifice. And because they didn’t believe right, God was forced to reject them. My friends, what you Believe and put your trust in is the most important thing in life!
We all would agree that murder is sin. But when it comes to sins like selfishness or a lack of patience, we often just think of these as “problems”. These are examples of sins, and the result of our evil nature leading us towards death. The root of all mankind’s acts of sin is the sin “nature” (evil propensity) that lives within them. Every unbeliever, as well as Believer has this nature. God’s Solution would deal with the root of mankind’s problem, the sin nature and not just the symptoms of our problem. Acts of sin are any thought or action that is contrary to God’s goodness. Willful disobedience and sin is the result of unbelief. Acts of sin are primarily the result of unbelief. But, born-again Believers have been given a will to obey and serve God AND the power to do so , even though their flesh may, at times, want sin (Rom. 7:18, 8:2,11). This does not mean a Believer can live a perfect life. But, it does mean that sin’s power does not have to have dominion over you (Rom. 6:14). So if you are a Believer, struggling with sin, it is probably a result of what you either don’t know about God’s Solution for sin, or simply don’t Believe about God’s Solution for sin.
The Devil is constantly working towards keeping you from Believing in God’s Solution for sin. Every effort he makes, is to keep unbelievers and Believers from correctly knowing, or understanding or Believing the word’s of Almighty God! That is the problem with deception. Unbelievers, and Believers don’t know how deceived they are until they come in contact with a revelation of The Truth.