For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God... (Romans 3:23)
Yes, all of us. That means every single human being alive, from Adam and Eve until the end of time as we know it. God gave each of us a special gift called free will.
If it hadn't been Adam and Eve who first disobeyed God, it would have been someone else shortly down the line, and we'd still have ended up created in the image and likeness of our Creator, except with a fallen nature.
Sin was such an ugly word when I was growing up. If I was a sinner, it meant to me that I was really bad, so I thought I had to strive to be really good, never having been taught that sin meant simply falling short of the mark and that, no matter how hard I might try, I could not make myself good enough for God.
As I wrote in "Finding the Flowers in a Prickly World," "Of course you are made up of good; after all, you are made in the image and likeness of God, Himself. You have a good heart, a good mind, a good intent, a good.... But God, you see, is not good, He is Goodness, and anything short of such measure must pale miserably in the light of His glory."
I went on to describe the lovely little wedding party dresses I had made for my daughters, and concluded with the following: "The dresses turned out quite well for my amateurish hand, and my daughters looked positively angelic. Outwardly, the garments seemed perfect, but I shuddered to consider whether any of the guests would closely examine my work that, if turned inside out or scrutinized by an accomplished seamstress, could have been viewed as utterly disastrous."
Let's say you've gone out and paid a whole bunch of money for a brand-new suit or evening gown, only to discover that it's got a big old stain on it. I'm thinking you'd soon return it. Thankfully, God doesn't return us, imperfect as we are.
Out of His love for His creation, He's decided to keep us. However, in order to stand in the presence of Holiness (God), we must be without stains or blemishes; we must be holy. It's simply the nature of Perfection that it cannot co-exist with imperfection.
Probably you have told a fib or harbored a vengeful thought at least one time in your entire life. Well, join the human race.
In "Out of the Desert, Softly," I encourage readers to step out of their fear of the word "sin": "...Don't be scared; it's only a word, and it can't hurt you. What does hurt is our unwillingness to acknowledge and repent of wrongdoing, along with the refusal to give it up."
A rather comical-sounding term for sin is peccadillo, meaning slight offense, bad habit, impropriety, indiscretion or faux pas. Other synonyms include offense, failing, indulgence, crime, transgression, wrongdoing....
Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron host a remarkably bold and godly program for illustrating our need for Jesus Christ called "The Way of the Master." If you have computer access I would encourage you to Google it. You'll be blessed; I promise.
Have I recently sinned, either by omission or commission?
Lord, I think I need Jesus.