Sin or Transgression?

Mormon Doctrine, pg 804; “See –>SIN, –>TRANSGRESSION OF ADAM. In a general sense and in most instances the terms sin and transgression are synonymous, although the use of the term transgression lays emphasis on the violation of the law or rule involved whereas the term sin points up the wilful nature of the disobedience. There are situations, however, in which it is possible to transgress a law without committing a sin, as in the case of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. (2 Ne. 2:22-23.)”

2 Nephi 2:22-23; “And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the Garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end. 23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.”

Romans 5:12; “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

Today I’m highlighting the truth of what really happened in the Garden of Eden and the results thereof. I think it’s important to emphasize and investigate the claims of the Mormon Church when it comes to this subject because the way they smooth talk their way around it can be confusing.

I’ve chosen to use a dictionary to determine the correct meaning of sin and transgression as well as giving some highlights of what Oswald Chambers had to say about the nature of sin and how it operates in each of us.

Sadly the average Mormon doesn’t understand the significance of our sin nature because it’s rarely talked about at weekly church meetings in addition to their own scriptures that lie about the truth when they do talk about it.  The layers of lies in Mormonism can be confusing, but Smith’s first attack upon God began with His word.

An all out affront upon the Bible was needed before Joseph Smith could introduce any false doctrines. This well thought out plan of introducing the idea that the Bible wasn’t complete and filled with human error took attention away from what God’s power could do and placed it upon the fallibility of man.

Once he had this established, the door to who he wanted God to be could easily be introduced and accepted because the focus is now off of the true God.  By littering his sermons with the supposed lies of early church fathers all attention went to Smith and his ideas. This is an easy thing to do because Smith was in the here and now, whereas the church fathers lived long ago and in all probability unheard of by most.  By and large the majority of people were illiterate in the early nineteenth century. The Industrial Age brought people off their farms and into the cities where schools were more plentiful and easier to access, but this didn’t take place until the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. By the time Smith came around the vast majority were still unlearned.

Doctors, lawyers, clergy, the wealthy, teachers and politicians were typically those who had enough money to go to school and learn to read. Otherwise you were at the mercy of what other people said was in books. While some did have luxuries such as a family bible, most of those went unread on the whole and were used to write down family names, birthdates and marriages by those who knew how to read and write.

Although Smith had no problem telling people he had no education, he also had no problem telling people how smart he was because God had endowed him with wisdom beyond his years as a prophet.

Now onto the references I promised! defines sin this way:

“Transgression of divine law: the sin of Adam. Any Act regarded as such a transgression, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle. Any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great ault or offense: It’s a sin to waste time.”

The same site defines transgression this way;

“An act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.”

Their definition of transgressing is “to violate; transgress the will of God”.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, October 5;

“The Bible does not say that God punished the human race for one man’s sin, but that the nature of sin, namely, my claim to my right to myself, entered into the human race through one man. But it also says that another Man took upon Himself the sin of the human race and put it away—an infinitely more profound revelation (see Hebrews 9:26). The nature of sin is not immorality and wrongdoing, but the nature of self-realization which leads us to say, “I am my own god.” This nature may exhibit itself in proper morality or in improper immorality, but it always has a common basis—my claim to my right to myself. When our Lord faced either people with all the forces of evil in them, or people who were clean-living, moral, and upright, He paid no attention to the moral degradation of one, nor any attention to the moral attainment of the other. He looked at something we do not see, namely, the nature of man (see John 2:25).

Sin is something I am born with and cannot touch—only God touches sin through redemption. It is through the Cross of Christ that God redeemed the entire human race from the possibility of damnation through the heredity of sin. God nowhere holds a person responsible for having the heredity of sin, and does not condemn anyone because of it. Condemnation comes when I realize that Jesus Christ came to deliver me from this heredity of sin, and yet I refuse to let Him do so. From that moment I begin to get the seal of damnation. “This is the condemnation [and the critical moment], that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light … ” (John 3:19).”