What is Sin?
What does the Bible teach about Sin?
The Bible teaches that all sin is against God and that any sin is equal in its power to separate humans from God.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight
Christianity teaches that humans sin in thought, word, and deed. And that there are sins of commission, or sins we actively do, and sins of omission, things we fail to do that by that failure result in sin.
What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
What Bible Verses should you share with a Mormon?
Some Bible passages communicate better than others to Mormons. Our booklet provides 14 practical examples along with ways to explain them that clearly convey God's truth to Mormons.
What does Mormonism teach about Sin?
Mormonism teaches that sin is against self. In Mormonism, mistakes, slip-ups, oversights, and indiscretions are not really sin, as sin requires forethought, intent, and deliberate action.
Sin is knowingly choosing to do wrong or not to do right.
Plan of Salvation, p.9
Why this Matters
Since sin is such a serious offense to God, no one with sin can enter his presence. This guilt brings condemnation for all people. The punishment is eternal death. Thankfully, because Jesus’ atonement has covered sin, Christians are confident they have forgiveness right now.
All sin is against God.
Sin is against self, and it requires deliberate action.