Scripture describes sin as a lot more serious than most people want to accept. It tells us that sin has permeated every aspect of our being - physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
Sin has affected every relationship we have a part in - relationships with other people, with God and with creation. Physically, we are dying - a direct consequence of sin entering the world. Spiritually, we are already dead because of sin - and all of us would stay that way, if not for what Jesus did on the cross. It is only because of what Jesus did, to save us from our sins, that all this death and broken relationships can be changed into life and restored relationships. This "healing" can begin when we turn to Jesus for salvation, but it will not be totally completed until the resurrection, when we see Jesus face-to-face.
When we become genuine followers of Jesus, we will still struggle with sin, because of all the habits and sinful inclinations we reinforced in our lives before we turned to Jesus. We will still have to face temptations, and make choices of whether to sin or to follow Jesus. But our ongoing lifestyle will be one characterized by repentance and by a willing desire to follow Jesus. We will begin to take a serious - in other words, an honest - view of how terrible sin really is. Because of this, it will no longer be the desire of our heart to live a life characterized by the types of conduct that drove our Savior to the cross.
Doing "good things" can be just as sinful as doing "bad things" - if they are done for the wrong reasons, or if they are done as a substitute for more important obligations.
Comments about what sin is and how incompatible a sinful lifestyle is with salvation.
Those verses about the obligation to be holy and righteous are just as real as those verses about forgiveness and love; but the false gospel likes to ignore them. After a few comments about the issue, this article shows that it's not just a few isolated verses that mention something about obedience, but it's a theme in Scripture!
God defines sin; we don't.
Some of the Consequences of Sin
Our focus here is on some of the general effects of sin. We are not focusing so much on the issue of "judgment," as on sin's day-to-day effects. (There is a separate page for the issue of "Judgment.")
A look at Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (with some introductory comments about the entire book of Ecclesiastes). Nothing in this world gives us lasting meaning. It's about time we stop denying the truth and change our focus to eternal things - which do have lasting meaning (and which also give meaning to the things of this world)!
A look at Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 and Genesis 3. The "heavy burden" of life is due to the effects of sin - not only on ourselves, but on everything around us (all of creation). Because of sin, the entire world is under a curse. Yet in the midst of this curse, God has given us hope. (This article looks at both of these issues.)
The Bible says...
But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:22)
... all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God... (Romans 3:23)