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Any treatment of Christian doctrine would be incomplete if the biblical statement concerning sin were omitted.



The Bible condemns human intellect as the supreme court. Charles Ryrie has given a listing of Hebrew and Greek words which describe sin.He says that in the Hebrew there are at least eight basic words: “ra, bad (Genesis 38:7); rasha, wickedness (Exodus ); asham, guilt (Hosea ); chata, sin (Exodus ); avon, iniquity (I Samuel ); shagag, err (Isaiah 28:7); taah, wander away (Ezekiel ); pasha, rebel (I Kings ).The usage of these words leads to certain conclusions about the doctrine of sin in the Old Testament.(1) Sin was conceived of as being fundamentally disobedience to God.

(2) While disobedience involved both positive and negative ideas, the emphasis was definitely on the positive commission of wrong and not the negative omission of good.

In other words, sin was not simply missing the right mark, but hitting the wrong mark.