What is sin? There is a real simple answer. It is a disobedience to what God has said. We can see this when we read Adam disobeyed God way back in the Garden of Eden. Why do we only say Adam? Let us review the scriptures to see why.
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16) And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 18) And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:15-18 KJV
We can read in verse 16 God commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God gave him free will. He gives us the opportunity to choose. Adam had a choice and he chose the wrong one, he disobeyed. In essence he also did not do his part in instructing his wife, Eve, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We never read any part in which Adam instructed her not to eat of this tree nor did God tell her not to eat of the tree.
From Genesis chapter 3 we immediately go to the scenario where Satan causes Eve to doubt God and her identity.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Genesis 3:1 KJV
We read Satan was asking Eve, “Has God said you will not eat of every tree?” And what comes after we know she fell for the bait. She also took Adam down the same path. Once this disobedience occurred the seed of disobedience was carried on to every person which was born after this incident. It was always the seed of man each person received the consequence of Adam’s disobedience. What was the consequence? A separation from God – the life giving source.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Genesis 3:17 KJV
On that dreadful day Adam obeyed his wife instead of God. Because of this disobedience there was a consequence to his offspring. They were cursed.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Romans 5:19 KJV
One interesting fact you may not have thought of is that man is the one who has the “seed”. A woman does not determine the sex of the offspring. It is the man’s seed. Although throughout the centuries men often thought it was the woman who determined if the baby would be a boy or a girl. The woman is simply the vessel where the man’s seed can fertilize, grow and in the end be nurtured.
Over the centuries many women were looked down upon because of this incident. The truth and simple fact is Adam disobeyed God. Period. But God had a solution. If there could be one person who could be totally obedient the curse and the debt he spoke over them in Genesis 3 would be satisfied.
The immaculate conception was made through Mary because the “seed” did not come from a cursed man. The seed was from God through speaking it into existence. Man makes the difference and because the seed was not from man then there was no curse. It was Holy!
Jesus was therefore born without the blemish of sin. When he finally was born to us that one blessed day he grew up in fellowship with God the Father and knew his identity in Him. He was obedient in every way and was sacrificed to save the world.
Through Adam people died and were not connected to the source of life which is God. Through Jesus people shall all be made alive.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV
Sin is a disobedience to what God has told us through His written word. He is not wanting perfection. What He wants is a relationship with you! He doesn’t look at you through what you do or do not do. He looks at you with eyes of love because He loves you.