We believe sin is the transgression of, or lack of conformity to; God’s divine, moral law and misses the mark of God’s glory and holiness. The origin of sin in our universe came as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, the first of God’s creatures made in His own image. As such, they possessed free-will and the capacity to make moral decisions, to love or to reject God’s love and His perfect fellowship. The Bible says that they knowingly doubted and disobeyed God’s Word. By virtue of this original sin, all mankind,
"The heart is deceitful above all things,"
- Jeremiah 17:9a
as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;"
- Romans 3:10
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—"
for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
- 1 John 1:8
is corrupted by sin, which leads inexorably unto physical and spiritual death.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."