Why is sin a problem?
Ever wonder what sin is and why it’s a problem? We hear churches teach against sin. But we also sometimes hear them discourage practices we know are not sinful such as dancing and drinking a beer. So what constitutes sin and why is it a big deal?
Scripture explains Adam sinned in the garden by disobeying God’s command to not eat the forbidden fruit. Adam’s rebellion against God’s commandment resulted in death for all mankind (1 Cor 15:22; Rm 5:12, 18–19), with the only exception being Jesus Christ who is without sin. Adam’s sin resulted in both spiritual and physical death. Physically, Adam’s sin caused death to all mankind. Spiritually, sin eternally separated Adam and his offspring from God.
So because of Adam, our body and soul are totally depraved since birth (Ps 51:5). The sage explains everyone is sinfully unclean (Pr 20:9). Paul also says everyone has sinned and falls short of God’s glory (Rm 3:23). Although some people may say they are without sin, Scripture says everyone is a sinner (1 Jn 1:8).
Tragically, sinners who don’t repent of their sin and accept Christ as their savior receive eternal separation from Him for all eternity. They also experience conscious physical torment in hell (Rev 14:10–11). Because of this terrible situation, sin must be taken seriously. And for those who haven’t repented and accepted Christ as savior, now is a great time to do so (Jn 3:16).