Series 1 - Lesson 6 - Annotation 6
What is sin?
6. Sin is man's falling short in demonstrating the image and likeness of God, the I AM, the spiritual law of life that is immanent in every human soul. "whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom. 14:23). "All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Sin is not the mere doing of wrong acts that do not conform to the moral law or the committing of offenses against others. Sin is a failure to recognize and apply spiritual principles despite the fact that we have an inner knowledge that may be drawn on at will. Sin is a failure to acknowledge the Christ, I AM, within ourselves and others. We sin daily in our lack of trust in the Father; in our failure to live as becomes children of God; in our dependence on people and on so-called material things for our sustenance and happiness. Many who truly desire to live a righteous life sin because of ignorance. But when we pray to be delivered from such ignorance and to be illumined by Spirit within, we come to realize what sin really means, and then we seek to know and demonstrate the true Christ righteousness.
Preceding Entry: How is sin the cause of what is called death?
Following Entry: What is the meaning of "the Devil"? What other names are given to him? Is there a personal devil?