Sin, according to the Unification Church, is any action which is contrary to the will of God and has the effect of making the sinner have a closer relationship with Satan.
- The Divine Principle defines sin as a condition of thought or action, in violation of the Word of God, that makes a base for satan to exert sovereignty over the sinner. Sins fall into one of four categories:
- personal (sins committed by the individual)
- collective (sins committed by a group, such as God revealed to Gideon)
- ancestral (sins committed by family line). The most significant of all categories of sin, however, is,
- original (the sin committed by the first human ancestors.)
- The original sin of the first human ancestors stands as the root and origin of all sin. Its commission is revealed in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve, by disobedience to God’s Commandment and by accepting the false-word of the archangel Lucifer (the serpent), in fact, did set up a human legacy under a contested sovereignty of both God and satan. Thus, all descendants of Adam are born in sin and separation from God. Owing to our ancestral affiliation with the dead Adam, all humanity inherits sin and death, without exception.
- The reality of original sin and its consequences necessitates the dynamics of salvation: a new living Adam (Christ) unto whom we can graft and thereby escape the vestiges of sin.