Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Terminology Tuesday: Sin

Sin: The fundamental unbelief, distrust and rejection of God and human displacement of God as the center of reality. The Bible presents sin as both fallen humanity's state of separation and alienation from God and as a person's purposeful disobedience to God's will as evidenced in concrete thought or act. As an inherent part of the human condition sin is universal, and it is both corporate and individual.1

1. Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 107.


David J. Houston said...

I prefer the WSC definition: Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.

Ex N1hilo said...

This seems to me a fairly comprehensive definition; however, it is in error in stating that sin is an inherent part of the human condition. It would be correct if it were to state that sin is an inherent part of being "in Adam."

And I am with David in that the law of God ought to be mentioned explicitly, and not just implied.

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