Sjolander Road Fellowship

Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

who invented sin?



For those of a Christian persuasion sin means a violation of a divine rule or commandment. Romans 4:15 says .... where no law is , there is no transgression. The word transgression is defined as a violation of a definitive, published law. It is analogous to the word sin as seen in Romans 5:14.


In the picture of sin which I took away from Orthodox Christianity, God made whatever rules he chose and men obeyed them or became condemned. In the case of the Garden account, any arbitrary divine rule would have had exactly the same effect on Adam and humanity's future. The issue was solely absolute obedience to the requirements of an all powerful God. God needed and demanded complete compliance and conformity in order to be satisfied with humanity. Mankind had to demonstrate what God needed or suffer mightily. In this view, God invented sin as a means whereby humans could demonstrate a commitment to God's happiness and fulfillment. This concept of sin and its relationship to God's needs is further reflected in the Orthodox vision of heaven. In that state the select few, who survive the test of sin, spend eternity worshipping and praising God, which is what He needed all along.


This concept of sin is exceedingly strange on so many levels. A divine being of the generally understood nature and stature of the biblical God seems terribly diminished by the idea that He needs subservience, reverence, and praise to such an extent that he resorts to the most extreme form of coercion in order to get it. The God described so eloquently in I Corinthians 13, is the polar opposite of that needy, threatening spirit.


So did God invent sin for his own selfish purposes? I seriously doubt it. Is sin defined by any old rule God chooses arbitrarily? Again I don't think so. Sin is more logically anything that opposes God's true nature. Under this paradigm, we naturally need to see God's true nature to really understand sin. Can sin serve God's purpose? Yes, but not in meeting his needs but rather in meeting the needs of mankind to evolve fully in its divinely endowed potential.