What is sin?

The Bible says that God created us to enjoy life and to experience a close friendship with him. However, in the same way that you would not force someone to have a friendship with you, God allows us to choose if we want to know and follow him.

Sadly, the Bible tells us that Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, lost their friendship with God when they distrusted him and his promises—and disobeyed him.

Unfortunately, many people still choose to reject a relationship with God and instead, like Adam and Eve, they disobey God. When we ignore God, or when something or someone becomes more important to us than God, the Bible calls this sin. Sin is when we don’t give God first place in our lives.

Perhaps you are living a life apart from God. You’re not alone. The Bible says that no one has followed God perfectly: “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own” (Isaiah 53:6a). Another part of the Bible echoes these words, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23).

The Bible clearly shows us how our relationship with God is broken through sin: “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore” (Isaiah 59:2).

Unfortunately, living independently from God always has negative consequences. Sin that is not forgiven will cause us to hurt ourselves and others, it will rob us of God’s best plans for our future, and most importantly, it will keep us from knowing a loving God who cares deeply for us.

The Bible also makes it clear that the ultimate result of sin is spiritual death, which separates us from God in this life, and will keep us separated from God forever after we die (Romans 6:23a).

So, what can we do? If everyone sins no matter how good they try to be, and no one can have a relationship with God because of sin, doesn’t that mean everyone has to live life apart from God?

Not at all.

The great news is that God has provided a way for us to be rescued from sin, and to experience a full and personal relationship with him on the earth—and in heaven—because of what his son Jesus Christ did.