Why Does Sin Separate Us from God?

The idea of sin is strange to many people today. Many people believe that they can live in any way that pleases them. Even if they do something “wrong” to somebody else, they don’t expect to be held accountable for their actions. Some people even believe that they have the right to do evil or bad things if it suits their needs or makes them feel good. However, God sees things differently.

Sin separates man from God because it makes him less like Christ, who is both God and the perfect human. Humans are meant to emulate Christ, and this duty requires man to avoid certain behaviors and adopt others. When man deviates from what he ought to do and be, he becomes less like Christ and sins.

The Lord knows that people are sinful. This is why he sent his son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for humanity’s sins. If people don’t accept this sacrifice, then they will be eternally separated from God. Now, let’s discover why sin separates us from God.

What is sin?

Webster’s Dictionary defines sin as: “an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.” This is a technically correct and very accurate definition of this word. The Bible also explains sin as something deeper and more serious. According to the Bible, sin separates us from God.

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

Isaiah 53:6

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

We’ll start with these two verses from the book Isaiah to help explain sin. The reality of sin has to do with people doing their own thing and not obeying God. Sin also happens because people do not keep God’s divine law. This is why he gave us the 10 commandments. God’s 10 commandments provide a basic outline of God’s rules and regulations for humanity.

The 10 commandments tell mankind (an old word for humanity) that obedience, worship, and respect for him are important, to avoid evil acts (murder, adultery, stealing, coveting), and the importance of obeying parents. All the other rules and regulations given by God are based on these 10 (summed up) commandments. By the way, Jesus gave two more commandments that he stated in the New Testament. These 2 commandments would sum up the 10. See Mark 12:30-31.

Adam, Eve, the Garden and Beginning of Sin

The book of Romans (in the Bible) states that Adam was the man who brought sin into the world. Since all people are descendants of Adam, we are born into sin.

Romans 5:12

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

Adam ate the forbidden fruit. God put Adam in charge of the Garden of Eden. The Lord placed the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Eden. He told Adam and Eve not to eat from this tree. Unfortunately, Eve was deceived by the serpent (the devil in disguise) and she ate from this tree. She then convinced Adam to eat from the tree. Once Adam ate from the tree, he realized that he had sinned.

Eventually, God came to Adam and Eve. He asked them why they were hiding from him. Adam told him that Eve got him to eat the forbidden fruit. God then judges mankind through Adam and Eve. The Lord also judged the devil for his part in this rebellious situation. Read Genesis chapter 3 for the whole story about how sin entered the world through Adam.

Also, here is an important point for you to understand. God has always been in charge of the devil. They are not equal. If you look all throughout the Bible you will clearly see this truth. See James 2:19 (demons tremble because of God), Luke 8:31 (demons beg Jesus not to send them to the abyss), and Job chapters 1 – 2 (Satan has to get permission FROM GOD to harm Job).

God allows the devil to operate in this world for his purposes. The first few chapters of the book of Job clearly illustrate how God is in so much control over the devil. Remember, God allows free will to test people. He wants everyone to see how much people really love him and if they really want to obey him.

This is another important reason why God allows sin. He also states in the book of Joshua 24:15 that people can choose to serve other gods or choose to serve the true living God. The Lord gives people (even demons, angels, est.) a choice to obey him or to sin.

Why does our wrongdoing matter to God?

God created man for himself. When God made mankind, he made them honor and worship him. Sin interferes with this process. According to the Bible, this is one reason why saved people will do nothing but worship God when they go to heaven. The heart of this issue regarding sin has to do with worshiping God and obeying him. He created all people for this purpose.

2 Corinthians 5:9-10

“So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

This passage of scripture sums up this truth. Once a Christian has been saved, they must continuously work to please God and to do for him. This is the whole duty of mankind.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

There is no one righteous?

The Bible says that no person is righteous. See Romans 3: 10 – 12 for this important passage of scripture. This passage sums up the fact that people are not good. Also, in Genesis 8:21 God says that he will not curse the ground because of man, even though his heart is evil from his youth. Think about this very important point.

God says that people’s hearts are evil from their youth. Once again, this proves that people deserve to be separated from God even from their youth or when they are children.

In the book of Luke 18: (verses 18 and 19) Jesus explains that only God is good.

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

Jesus made the point that only God is good. Since he is God, he was speaking of himself. Here’s the point of this verse.

Most people don’t believe that anything is wrong with them. When you look at Luke 18: 18 – 30 it tells of the story of the rich young ruler. Now, the rich young ruler was very rich and wealthy. More importantly, he kept all of God’s commandments. He followed the law. Jesus knew that he did and was not lying about this fact when they spoke.

However, Jesus told him to go and give away everything to the poor and follow after him. The rich young ruler went away very sad because he was super-rich. Jesus then says it is hard for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus wants us to realize that no matter how good we think we are or appear to be, we are all sinners. We still fall short. The rich young ruler made an idol out of his wealth. He would rather keep it than to truly follow after God.

Our hearts are desperately wicked who can truly know it? (paraphrased from Jeremiah 17:19). Over and over again, all throughout the Bible, God constantly points out how wicked people’s hearts are. The way people live their lives also proves what God says about this issue.

The Sad Truth about all People and Sin

People love to do wrong. They get off on it. They desire it.

Ecclesiastes 8:11

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

Hebrews 11:25

(Moses) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

In most situations, people sin because they like doing it. Sin is pleasurable. People also sin and do evil because they don’t always get punished for it right away. People carry out sinful acts because they believe that sin gives them power. All these actions separate people from God. People even sin to get what they want and purposely harm others.

The bottom line is that people do various sins, and these sins separate them from God. Also, people genuinely don’t believe that they are doing anything wrong when they sin. This is why many people do not feel guilty about having sex outside of marriage or stealing from other people.

Here is something else you should know about this issue. Many people don’t believe in God. Many people might acknowledge that there is a supreme deity or being. This doesn’t mean that they have to listen to him, follow his rules, or obey him. They believe that the deity is there to serve them and their purposes.

They also believe that he forgives them no matter what they do. They take advantage of his mercy and grace to fulfill their agenda. Ultimately, many people don’t believe in Jesus Christ and they don’t think that his salvation is necessary for them to get to heaven. A lot of people (wrongly) think that God is nothing but love and that he will never send people to hell. That’s a lie. Jesus said people are going to hell when they don’t believe in Him for the forgiveness of their sins.

We’ll end with this:

1 John 5:10

“Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.”

This sums up this whole issue about sin.

If a person doesn’t believe what God says about (his son) Jesus Christ, and his salvation for sins, then that person strives in vain to make God out to be a liar.

Do you really want to be that person?

Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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