Sin as defined in the original translations of the Bible, means “to miss the mark.” The mark, in this case, is the standard of perfection established by God and evidenced by Jesus. This concept talks about the idea of failing to measure up to a standard. For example, most academic courses and tests are graded according to a minimum standard. If we don’t meet that standard, we fail that test. A minimum level of performance is expected, and anything less than that standard is failure. By not meeting that standard, we “miss the mark” and don’t pass.
The Hebrew and Greek words translated “sin” throughout the Bible revolve largely around one major concept and that is transgression. To transgress means “to step across” or “to go beyond a set boundary or limit”. This concept can be compared to an athletic playing field with lines indicating the boundaries within which the game is played. When a player crosses over those boundary lines, he has committed a “transgression” and gone out of bounds. Limits are set that define the playing area, and the players are to stay within the limits of that area.
THE ORIGIN OF SIN