Scriptures and Thoughts on “Sin”

What does the Bible say about original sin?
The first sins recorded are in Genesis 3 – (11) These were the “original sins” in the sense of being the first ones. But do we inherit guilt from them today? Romans 5:13-19 – (12) is where many people get that idea. But notice, death spread to all men because all sinned. Ezekiel 18:20 – (13) echoes this. We choose to sin and we bear the guilt of our own choice. Matthew 12:36 – (17) says we will be held accountable for what WE say. Same in Revelation 20:12 – (18) and Romans 2:6 – (19). So was there an original sin? Yes. Did it introduce sin into the world? Yes. Does that force other people to sin against their will? No, they choose to, and have no good excuse. What are they guilty for? Their own sins, not those of Adam and Eve. James 1:14-15 – (52) says it is our own lust that leads to our own sins that leads to our own death.

Is sin inherited? Do babies have sin?
Psalm 51:5 – (14) appears that way only when liberties are taken by the translators.
Romans 1:20 – (15) teaches that we are guilty because of the understanding that we posses. Babies do not have that understanding. Luke 18:16 – (16) says the kingdom belongs to such people as little children. So do babies do things that would be sinful for adults to do? Yes. But are they held responsible for those actions, no, because they have a valid excuse because of their lack of understanding.

What is sin?
OT – (23)
Hatha – a missing or offense
Pasha – rebellion or transgression
Awon – perversion
Ra – evil
Resh – a wrong, iniquity, impiety
NT – (24)
Hamartia – missing the mark
Parabasis – transgression
Adikia – unrighteousness
Asebeia – impiety, wickedness
Anomia – contempt and violation of the law
Porneia – depravity
Epithumia – desire for what is forbidden, lust
James 4:17 – (20) says it is not doing what we know we should. Romans 14:23 – (21) indicates that violating our conscience, or actions “not from faith” are sin. Romans 1:18-23 – (22) gives a fascinating and rich picture of sin.

What is the unforgiveable sin?
Mark 3:22, 28-30 – (25) mentions it. John 3:1-2 – (26) lets us know that the Pharisees already knew that Jesus was from God. They had every reason to believe it. They were rejecting God Himself by claiming that it was actually Satan. Interpret obscure passages in light of plain ones such as: John 14:6 – (27) says no one can come to God but through Jesus. Therefore, to refuse Jesus as the means to God is unpardonable. Hebrews 10:26-29 – (28) describes an unpardonable position in great detail and has clear parallels to our question. John 16:8 – (29) says the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Pharisees had been convicted, but rejected and insulted that Spirit which enabled Jesus to do the works and was for their conviction.

What if I sin and I die before I ask God for forgiveness?
Consider 1 John 1:7 – (30) What does it mean to walk in the light? Is it constant, instant confession of our specific sins, or a general way of life in which we acknowledge our sinfulness and seek His face? Consider Romans 7:15-20 – (31) Is Paul really talking about his life? If so, is he walking in the light? Consider 1 John 3:9 – (32) What is practicing sin? Does that have a bearing on our question? 1 John 2:1 – (33) says Jesus is our advocate. Under what circumstances does He cease to be so? Consider also Romans 8:12-13 – (34) Remember this was written to baptized, saved believers. What does it mean?

Am I guilty even if I do not realize I have sinned?
1 Timothy 1:13 – (35) Paul says he was shown mercy because of his ignorance. Acts 17:30-31 – (36) says God has overlooked ignorance, but now commands all to repent. In Luke 23:34 – (37) Jesus said “forgive them for they know not what they do.” Leviticus 5:17-19 – (38) describes what to do when someone realizes they previously sinned but did not realize it at the time. Hebrews 5:12 – (39) describes people who OUGHT to know better. Acts 17:11 – (40) shows that it is out responsibility to familiarize ourselves with the truth. Similarly, Romans 1:20 – (15) indicates that we are responsible to know what we can reasonably be expected to have found out.

 Does it hurt Jesus more when I sin more?
2 Corinthians 5:21 – (41) God made Him to be our sin. 1 Peter 2:24 – (42) says that He bore our sins in His body. Isaiah 53:4-6 – (43) speaks of our punishments being given to Him. What do you think, is His pain new each time we sin? People say He would have died for you if you were the only one… maybe it is an actual fact that He bore YOUR actual and specific sins when He could have lightened His load by putting them down.

Is Homosexuality really a sin?
Hebrews 4:15 – (44) makes the important distinction between temptation and actual sin. But what about homosexual actions as opposed to mere same sex attraction? Leviticus 18:22 – (45) refers to lying with a man as with a woman as an abomination. The description is clearly of any homosexual act and the verdict is not a culturally ambiguous verdict, “abomination.” Romans 1:24-27 – (46) also describes any sexual act between the same sex and describes in language that is not ambiguous or culture-bound.

How can I get my sins forgiven?
Acts 2:38 – (47) baptism is for the remission of sins. The word in Koine that is translated “for” is “eis” which conveys movement towards (resulting in) something. Acts 22:16 – (48) refers to baptism washing away sins. Our sins are continually cleansed if we walk in the light 1 John 1:7 – (30).

 When and how should I confess sins?
Acts 19:18-20 – (49)
shows Christians “divulging their practices.” James 5:16 – (50) says to confess sins to one another and pray for one another to be healed. Proverbs 28:13 – (51) – condemns the concealing of our sins. We also must confess to God, as in Psalm 51 – (7), and as is mentioned in 1 John 1.