By: Calvinist Vader

What is sin?

It’s hard, if not impossible, to nail down a definition that satisfies the logic and reasoning of men. Over the years I’ve heard many attempts to give an exhaustive definition to sin. Many of these analogies cross the median line, most of the time subtly, and make God to be the author of sin or make sin equal with God.

For example, I’ve heard sin described as the absence of God. The analogy goes like this. Since there is no such thing as “darkness” because darkness is simply the absence of light, sin is therefore simply the absence of God. The problem with this definition is that it suggests that God is not present everywhere at the same time which violates His attribute of omnipresence. If God is everywhere at the same time, how can sin be the absence of God? Some take it further to suggest that sin is not just the absence of God, but the opposite. Here God is setup as good and sin as evil. Again, this attacks God’s attributes described in scripture since it makes sin some sort of competing force in the universe that somehow has its origin and existence outside the power of God. This is certainly not the case.

Another analogy I’ve heard is that sin is a substance of some sort that was created inside man, like a dark cloud of evil, when Adam and Eve sinned. Again, the problem is it attacks God as the author of sin. This analogy suggests either God created this sin inside them, which scripture clearly shows God is not the author/creator of sin or it suggests that sin is a more powerful than God by forcing its way into the hearts of man against His will. This certainly will not do.

How then can we talk about sin if it is not the absence of God and it is not a substance?

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