A definition of sin
September 10, 2013 § 2 Comments
This passage from the Arcana, has an interesting definition of sin.
[Pharaoh said] I have sinned this time. That this means separation from truth and good is evident from the meaning of “sinning” as being a sundering and turning away from the Divine, thus from truth and good; consequently also separation, for he who turns himself away from truth and good, separates himself from them (AC 7589).
This is a rather broad definition of sin.
Obviously we are turning away from the Lord when we break any of the Ten Commandments. We also turn away from what is good when our hearts are focus on ourselves or worldly things. We have feelings and desires, intentions and and fantasies which turn us away from what is good, and consequently turn and severs us from the Lord.
If we look at our thoughts, our ideals, our beliefs and examine them we will see that they too often turn us away from the Lord and His truth. It is not always easy to see how our will and understanding are turning away from the Lord; or how are choices sever us from the Lord. But keeping this definition of sin in mind, may help us in our self-examination to find evils and falsities which we need to shun as sins against the Lord.
It is only in cooperating with the Lord in the shunning of sins, that the Lord can turn us towards Him, and join us to Himself.