The Biblical Concept of Sin (2)

  • Biblically considered, sin is a shortcoming (James 4:l7) and also a transgression (I John 3:4). Man, therefore, is seen as unrighteous in that he has not fulfilled the demands of the law of God (Rom. 3:10) and also guilty in that he has disobeyed God's law (Rom. 3:23).
  • "Christians generally understand that the Ten Commandments and the law of love (Cf. Exodus 20:1-17 and Luke 10:27) constitute a brief summary of God's holy moral law for man. And this is all based on God's holy character. Sin may then be defined ultimately as anything in the creature which does not express or which is contrary to the holy character of the Creator."
    (J. 0. Busvell, A Systematic Theology of the Christian Religion, Vol. I, p. 264)