We’ve all been there. Most of us anyway.

You’re sitting there in a pew as a man behind a pulpit tells you that you’re a sinner. He tells you about how you were born into sin. How we are all born into sin.

When Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the garden, when they listened to the serpent’s deceitful lies, they brought sin into the world. He says that all people are born with the stain of the sin of our first parents already on us.

We are a fallen world. A fallen people. And there is nothing we could do on our own that can take that sin away.

Then the preacher really drops the bomb. God is a holy god. He is perfect. And His perfection cannot be in the presence of your filth; your sin.

Well, we can’t have that. This obviously causes a problem for anyone with a brain. Since the Almighty, Creator of the universe, can’t be in the presence of someone with the stain of sin on them, then that means that you, me, and the guy sitting next to you in the pew wearing the ugly turtleneck sweater his grandmother gave him for Christmas, are in a whole lot of trouble.

Without someone getting rid of that sin stain on our proverbial t-shirt, we are all going to end up spending eternity on the business end of a George Foreman Grill.

Now, I don’t know about you, but that was always the part of the sermon when I started squirming in my seat. Have you ever read, or seen a painting of Dante’s Inferno? I have. And that is what I always imagined.

But then the pastor gives you a light at the end of the tunnel. He tells you about the cross. He tells you about how God sent His only son to the earth to die, just so He could take away that sin. All you have to do is believe.

The next thing you know, you’re running down the aisle knocking down blue haired old ladies to get down front for the altar call.

But did you ever stop and wonder, what is sin exactly? We know God doesn’t like it. We know we can be with Him if we have it. And we know once we are “saved” we are supposed to avoid it.

So wouldn’t it help to know exactly what it is?

You betcha. So let’s find out, shall we?

If you claim to be a born again christian, then the Bible is your handbook. It is your manual, your guidebook, the ultimate authority on matters concerning the spiritual. L.A. Marzulli refers to the Bible as the Guidebook to the Supernatural.  I like that definition, because that’s what it is, and if more people used it, the world would be a better place.

So what does the Bible say sin is?

1 John 3:4 says this, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”

There it is. It doesn’t get more simple than that. But John goes even further in the fifth chapter and the third verse, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

The Heavenly Father literally tells us His love language in that verse. If we want to show God we love Him, then we follow His commandments. And to not follow His commandments is the definition of sin.

The next logical step in a relationship with the Father then, is to establish what the commandments of God are. And that is the next blog.

Tune in next week, same bat time, same bat channel.

-The Pawnshop Prophet