What Sin Is – W. H. Griffith Thomas

There are three circles of life: our relation to self; to our fellows; and to God.  And when this is realised it is at once seen that sin and selfishness are not synonymous.  Selfishness is, of course, one of the consequences and manifestations of sin, but it is not sin itself.  Sin involves far more than this.  The New Testament definition of sin is not selfishness, but “lawlessness.”  Law is as real in the moral world as in the physical, and no definition of sin is adequate that does not regard it as a violation of the law of God, whether of conscience or Scripture. – W. H. Griffith Thomas, The Principles of Theology, 169.


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