Let’s start with some definitions.
An act that is forbidden and punishable by law.
The fact of being responsible for a crime.
An act, statement, attitude, behaviour or thought that is against the divine law (against the Will of God).
The word sin is sometimes mixed up with the notion of guilt. But they are not the same because you can commit a sin without knowing it, or you can know about your sin without finding a way to change it.
Only God knows whether a concrete act, statement, attitude, behaviour or thought is a sin or not.
But in our desire to avoid sins, we try to define rules for recognizing them. Some examples:
A sin is when you hurt one or many other humans.
A sin is to turn the mirror of one’s heart away from God.
We differentiate between individual sins (committed by a single person), cultural sins (inherent to a religion) and collective sins (committed occasionally by a group of persons).
Which aspect triggers the reaction of others (behaviour, statements, attitude, …)
Which law is being offended (human? moral? natural? divine? …)
Who suffers (only the sinner? somebody else? many others? …)
How severe the problem is
How much personal responsibility the sinner has.
Christians and sin¶
I believe that Jesus was born by a divine plan in order to redeem us from the original sin and to liberate us from our fears of God’s revenge for our sins.
It seems that this formulation fundamentally differs from evangelical Christian interpretations.