Q&A – If Sins Hurt, Then Why Do People Sin?


    If sins hurt, then why do people sin?


    Think about Halloween or Easter for a moment. If you’ve ever been trick-or-treating, you know that you end up with a lot of candy. Easter baskets also usually have a bunch of chocolate in them. When we have this much candy, parents usually tell us not to eat it all at once or to only eat a few pieces at a time. If you’ve ever disobeyed your parents about this, you know that you end up feeling sick afterwards, even though the candy tasted really good.

    Sin is kind of like candy. It looks good, it might feel good to have, it may seem fun and harmless (just one more piece won’t hurt, right?). The truth is, it will make us sick in ways that we can’t always foresee. When we eat too much candy, the price we pay is a stomach ache. Thankfully it usually goes away in a day. The Bible says that when we sin, we pay a much higher price.

    Romans 6:23 “For the wages [the price we pay] of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Sin can hurt us eternally. It separates us from God and ultimately it leads to death and eternal separation from the Father. Unfortunately, sin doesn’t always hurt when we are doing it. The apostle Paul talked about sin this way:

    Romans 7:18-19 “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”

    If we could always see and understand the way that sin is hurting us, we would never do it and it would be easy to tell when we sinned because it would hurt. Sin is sneaky. Even the apostle Paul who saw God appear before him blinded on the road to Damascus, says that he doesn’t want to do wrong but he does it anyway. It would be so easy to stay away from sin if we could always see how much sin hurts.

    When we accept Jesus as our savior and give our lives over to Him, we begin to see some of the ways that sin hurts us. Even then, however, we don’t see the whole picture. We are like Paul. We don’t want to do wrong, but we do it anyway. Think about gossip. The Bible calls that a sin and many of us still gossip sometimes.

    The bottom line is this: People still sin because even though sin hurts us on the inside and the Bible specifically says that sin = death, sin — like candy — often makes us feel good.

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. I remember hearing an explanation of this at a church conference once. It was said that we are thirsty, we want our thirst to be quenched and the first thing we see, is the sin of the world, and we drink that, sinning. But our thirst is not quenched, and we continue to thirst. The ONLY thing that can satisfy our thirst is GOD, and his water of life.

      John 4:14 – But whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become a well of water for him, springing up to eternal life.

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