What is Sin?
R. C. Sproul answers in a now classic passage from his book The Holiness of God:
Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is treason against the perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself. Have you ever considered the deeper implications of the slightest sin, the most minute peccadillo? What we are saying to our Creator when we disobey him at the slightest point? We are saying no to the righteousness of God. We are saying, “God, your law is not good. My judgment is better soon yours. Your authority does not apply to me. I am above and beyond your jurisdiction. I have the right to do what I want to do, not what you command me to do… When we sin as the image-bearers of God, we are saying into the whole creation, to all of nature under our dominion, to the birds of the air and the beast of the field: “This is how God is. This is how your Creator behaves. Look in this mirror; look at us and you will see the character of the Almighty.” We say to the world, “God is covetous; God is ruthless; God is bitter; God is a murderer, a thief, a slanderer, an adulterer. God is all of these things that we are doing.” —R. C. Sproul, The Holiness of God
For Sproul’s fuller development on this theme, see: