What is Sin?
Sin can be defined as "missing the mark."
Just as a marksman misses his target, we sin when we miss God's standard of absolute righteousness.
There is sometimes confusion about the verbiage concerning sin in
Hebrews 12:1. In this passage, the Greek word for "weight" in the
KJV version is "ogkos" which describes a mass bending
or bulging because of its load; i.e., a burden, a
hindrance, or a weight. The NIV translates this as
"hinders." It refers to that which impedes or burdens
by weighing one down. Falwell says that for a runner,
this could either refer to clothing or his own excessive
body weight. Obviously, for the
Christian it would involve not wicked but weighty
things. It would include anything that could hinder
his effectiveness for service. These are not things which
are inherently wrong, but for the diligent runner or the
faithful Christian they are an impediment that must be
removed. The Christian is not allowed to be selective
regarding these weights; he will remove them. He must put
off every weight. Whatever does not aid in the race is a weight and must be cast aside.
Sin originated with Satan, and it entered the world
when Satan rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven onto the earth.
Owen Weber 2008