by Kevin Alfred Strom (pictured)
WHAT IS A SIN? Webster says a sin is “a transgression against divine law.” Most churches in this country would define any breach of the Old Testament’s Ten Commandments as a sin, including the commandment that tells us to recognize the Hebrew tribal god, Yahweh, as the only god. This makes, by definition, every single one of our ancestors — from 100,000 years ago to just 1700 years ago — into unrepentant, irredeemable “sinners.”
The definition of “transgression against divine law” varies depending on what the particular religion or philosophy considers to be “divine law.” If the Old Testament is divine law, then mixing linen and cotton in your outfit this morning is a sin (Leviticus 19:19; “You are not to wear clothing made from two different kinds of material“). If the New Testament is divine law, then it is a sin not to give a thief even more of your possessions than he had planned to steal from you in the first place (Matthew 5:40; Luke 6:29: “If someone takes your coat, offer your shirt also“).