This is part of the series What is the Gospel?
Sin is probably one of the most difficult concepts to explain in the Christian faith. I make this statement carefully because all may not agree. What is Sin? Where did it come from and why is it such a problem? There are various opinions and theories of the origin of Sin, but I would like to make a case that the origin of Sin is not a matter of time, not a matter of when, nor is it a matter of who created or orchestrated Sin, but rather a matter of where.
Where is “Sin” born? What is the source, the root of Sin? I believe that the birth of Sin comes from a twisted idea. Sin finds right of entry when we say in our hearts that God is no longer necessary for life. The Prophet Isaiah gives us a picture of what happened to Lucifer, the chief archangel of God:
12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Is. 14:12-14, ESV)
The Birth of Sin is found in the perversion of free will, the attempt to remove God’s authority from our lives. This is the genesis of sin, our attempt to look within to find freedom and power rather than relying upon God.