The Definition Of Sin Rules Out Inheriting Sin

Vine’s Expository Dictionary defines the Greek word translated "sin" as:

• a missing of the mark

• a sinful deed, an act of sin

Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon defines "sin" as:

• to miss the mark

• to do or go wrong

• violate God’s law

• evil deed, … a bad action

• that which is done wrong

The Bible defines "sin" this way:

• sin is the transgression of the law – I John 3:4

• to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin – James 4:17

Sin is not something that can be inherited; it is something you do. It is a missing of the mark, a deed, an act, something you do, it is going wrong, a violation, an action, a transgression, leaving off something that should be done.

Sin is not a trait that can be inherited like blond hair. It is an action that we do. It makes about as much sense to say that we inherit "washing our hands" as it does to say we inherit sin. You can’t inherit the act of washing your hands.

God’s definition of sin ("the transgression of the law") rules out the idea of inheriting sin.


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