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What the Torah Says About Sin

Sin, as defined in Scripture:

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4 NIV)

Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4 NAS)

Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah - indeed, sin is violation of Torah. (1 John 3:4 CJB)

The word “lawlessness” literally means “without Torah.” So the basic definition of sin, according to the Scriptures, is the violation of Torah! How then does the Church teach that Torah has been done away with? If the Torah is of no effect, then there is no sin, and Yeshua and His Emissaries (Apostles) wasted a lot of time talking about it — and the sacrifice of Yeshua was totally unnecesary!

For until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (Romans 5:13 NAS)

Sin was indeed present in the world before Torah was given, but sin is not counted as such when there is no Torah. (Romans 5:13 CJB)

In order for sin to be in the world, the Torah must still be in effect to define what sin is!

The word “sin” is an archery term that means “to miss the mark.” Since the “target” is the perfect example set by Yeshua — that is, the very nature of HaShem Himself — then we believe that anything that falls short of that goal misses the mark and is, by the broadest sense of its definition, “sin.”

The Bible describes two classifications of sin:

(1) original (imputed) sin, that sin nature which every human inherits from his/her father Adam, and

(2) personal sin, the individual choices each person makes to either willfully or ignorantly disobey HaShem and His Torah.

The Bible teaches that all men and women are totally depraved, without personal merit, and completely unable to save themselves.

The Bible teaches that the penalty for sin is separation from fellowship, which takes one or more of three forms:

(1) separation from HaShem (spiritual death);

(2) separation from the visible Body of Mashiach through discipline and “excommunication” (which is to be practiced by the Elders [or Beit Din] of the local congregation solely for the sake of maintaining the purity of the Body of Mashiach and for producing the repentance and eventual restoration of the sinning brother or sister), and

(3) separation from this earth and from the physical body through physical death. The Bible teaches that the physical illness and death of all earthly creatures is the direct result of Adam’s sin, and that some physical illness and death is the result of personal sin.


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