The Issue of Evil 104: When does Evil become Sin?

This topic was intended to be: When Mankind uses Evil.

But that won’t sink well until I deal with the issue of sin. Understanding what sin is will go a long way to help us out. Hope you’re ready!


Sin Is Miss

The original Hebrew word for sin is chta/châtâ'(pronounced khawtaw)

The original word for sin in Greek is hamartia.

Both words have the same meaning: To Miss.

Not miss in love as in “I miss you dear.”

Sin simply means to miss a target, or a goal.

Grasp this and the door of revelation will open to you in a whole new way. The Word “Sin” in itself, is kinda objective. It simply means to miss a target. That’s all. This is how things begin to fall in place.

Let me show you a verse of scripture where sin was used without any connection to morality. Let’s go all the way back to the era of the Judges:

“Among all these were 700 chosen men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss(khawtaw)”
                Judges 20:16

This passage speaks of 700 left-handed men chosen for battle. They could sling stones so accurately that even when their target was a strand of hair, they won’t miss. (Who said David was the first stone slinger?)

The Word “miss” is exactly the Hebrew word used for sin. If their target was a single strand of hair, they still won’t sin. Sin means to miss a target or a goal.
Mankind Missed

What has that got to do with mankind and God? When Adam disobeyed God’s instruction, mankind missed.

What did we primarily miss? God’s glory. Paul stated it here:


For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  

               Romans 3:23

Now this scripture makes more sense. What was the target ? God’s glory. 

 In other words, the glory of God is the goal—the mark—and all men, in shooting toward that goal, have found their “arrows” falling short of that goal. All have missed the mark.

Which is why in Christ the ultimate goal is to be achieved is glorification.

This is what Paul says:

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

          Romans‬ ‭8:29-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The process starts from a fore knowing, down to justification and all the way, ending in glorification (conforming to the image of the Son).

In Christ, our target is met. It is not missed any more. That is why He came to take away the sin(miss) of the entire world.
Sin and God’s Law

Sin, in itself, has no moral implications. You can actually say, “C. Ronaldo sinned during that penalty kick.” He missed the goal.
Unless the target , goal or standard is God’s Law. This changes everything. It now makes sin, moral.

Mankind was given a mark to hit, a goal to achieve, a perfect standard- the Law (Psalm 19:7, Romans 7:12). 

Mankind, on our own, have always failed to achieve that goal. That is why Jesus Christ did that on our behalf and made us identify with him.

Anytime we lie, cheat, envy etc. It’s we missing the mark of perfection – failing to achieve the law’s standards. Which is why, deep within emerges guilt and whatnot.

When Evil becomes Sin

This is how evil is different from sin.

Evil is only sin if it misses the mark.

Mankind has been given a mark to hit, a goal to achieve, a perfect standard. It is set forth in Scripture in general, and in the law in particular. The law is the expression of the moral and judicial side of God’s character.

When men do evil to each other, it is a sin, because they fail to achieve the perfection of the glory of God.

However, when God does evil, it is according to His perfect wisdom; it has purpose, and His arrow always hits the bull’s eye. Though we do not always understand what He is doing—because we do not see the end from the beginning—we ought to have faith that He will work all things together for good (Romans 8:28).

Shalom !!!

                Uche Okorie 

(Author of “Tree of Righteousness: The planting of Yahweh” kindle book) 

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