What is ‘Sin’?

What is Sin?

What is so-called sin? ‘Sin’ is the religious term historically used to describe the darker, destructive aspects of our non-ideal human state or condition. Various religious traditions list types of behaviour that constitute ‘sinful’ acts or thoughts e.g. lust, anger, pride, envy etc, which means that we are all aware of what ‘sin’ is, but the real question, the one that remains, is what is the origin of ‘sin’?

To answer that question we needed to be able to understand the human condition–namely humans’ extraordinary capacity for ‘good and evil’, and in particular the origin of our ‘evil’, ‘sinful’ or non-ideal state. Most wonderfully, biology is now able to provide the full explanation of our contradictory behavior. This comprehensive explanation of the origin of ‘sin’, namely the human condition, is available in this Video Series and Freedom: Expanded Book 1, by Jeremy Griffith.

With the explanation of our condition now available, we are able to see that humanity’s current upset or ‘sinful’ state, characterised by angry, alienated and egocentric behavior, is the result of a two million year old, unavoidable clash between our gene-based instincts and our emerging nerve-based consciousness.

Religions described behavior that was at odds with the cooperative, loving and selfless ideals as ‘sinful’. However, as biologist Jeremy Griffith explains, “a look at the Seven Deadly Sins of the human condition, of lust, anger, pride, envy, covetousness, gluttony and sloth, are in truth all different manifestations of the three fundamental upsets of anger, egocentricity and alienation that unavoidably emerged when humans became fully conscious and had to set out in search of knowledge in the presence of unjustly condemning instincts.” (Part 3 of Freedom: Expanded Book 1)

The fundamental difference that comes with full understanding of the human condition is that when we now ask ‘what is sin?’ we can see that it was not bad or evil, as religions held. The full story shows that ‘sin’ or upset was actually a heroic state that we humans have had to suffer in order to fulfill the potential of developing from instinctively driven animals into conscious human beings.

(Please note that this explanation does not condone upset or so called sinful behavior; the full compassionate understanding ameliorates it, allowing such behavior to subside.)

This Blog Post was written by Damon on November 29, 2012


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  • Don on December 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Never heard sin explained like that before. Interesting though

  • isinavize on December 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hello, may i post a link to this post from my blog? Thank you.

  • WTM Admin on December 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Isinavize, yes, you certainly may. Thank you for your interest.

  • Ephrem Hagos on December 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    The origin of sin is man’s denial of the very purpose, for which he was created, i.e., to be eternal like God himself courtesy of the “tree of life”, a.k.a., Christ’s death on the cross –the basis of personally revealed knowledge of God.
    (Gen. 2: 7-17; John 3: 18-21)

    • JohnG on August 11, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Ephrem, does this mean that – before Christ’s death on the cross – there was no sin? It certainly looks to me as if you are saying that.

  • david on March 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Never heard sin explained like that before

  • Sam on March 14, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Definitely a different explanation than the ones I have heard before

  • JohnG on August 11, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    A plausible explanation, perhaps, but sadly lacking in convincing argument/proof.

    • Sha on June 10, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Damon who??? In the interests of transparency we need a full name. Thankyou.

  • Damon on June 10, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Damon Isherwood