Originally posted by sonhouse
Is it breaking any law on the books of mankind? Is running a red light a sin? Is strealing the change in a buskers hat a sin?
Is burning down an abortion clinic a sin? Just what is the definition of sinness?
Are there laws on the books that, if broken, would NOT be defined as sin?
You know what a leech is? You know what parasite is?
Sin is Satan, God's enemy himself attached to man in a parasite / host relationship.
Sin is the evil nature of the devil infesting man and driving him to do against what his moral conscience does not agree with.
Sin is Satan himself attached to our being like a parasite driving us to rebel against God's righteousness on general principle, to break God's moral laws just because they are there, to violate God's glory because we can, to disdain God's holiness simply because we enjoy to.
I think the word "sin" means to miss the mark. This refered to shooting an arrow in ancient times. To miss the mark is to sin in the shooting of our moral "arrow" of behavior. There is a bullseye which we were created and designed to hit dead on in our actions. Sin is to miss that mark. Sin is the shoot crooked and miss the center goal.
In our talk, we miss the mark. In our actions, we miss the mark. There is a parasitic leech like being somehow attached to our being ever since the fall of Adam. We are the host and Satan is the parasite of our sinful nature.
Though we know what is the good to do we do not have the power to do it. We have only "the knowledge of good and evil". We lack the power to fully carry out the good or to escape the evil.