What is sin? What makes someone a sinner? Put simply “sin” is any thought, word, or act considered immoral by the dictionary, but the worst sin is harm. In Gnosticism we follow the teachings of Yeshua (Jesus) as well as the great teachers throughout ancient history to determine what is sinful. Every great religion throughout history has created terms and descriptions for sin, so you can look in many directions and find teachings about sin.
Morals are based on our languages, laws and religious views around the world. In each language we define what is right or wrong, so it is easy to see what is moral in one country and what is not in another. We pass laws and create dictionaries with definitions defining right from wrong, or in other words what is right and what is sin in each culture.
So, is sin evil? No, evil creatures were created by the Creator to punish sin. Of course in life if an evil person perpetrates a crime or acts immoral they are a sinner, but so is a good person who commits the same act. Hell and those who dwell in it were created by the Creator to punish sin. To those who are created to punish sin Hell is home. Sin is separate from evil. Sin is the product of breaking God’s and society’s morals, as well as laws, and it accounts for everything wrong in the world. There are many things that we think of as akin to evil that are not sin, such as darkness, material existence and death, which are all natural parts of life, and therefore not a part of sin.
So, what is Evil? It is the desire or ability to commit immoral acts that would be sinful if carried out outside of Hell. There are evil souls as well as good souls. Most souls fall somewhere in between, and next to evil are the most likely to commit acts of sin. God and the Creator are all encompassing and so encompass good and evil. Because of the balance within God of good and evil God is balanced or neutral toward everything in his own creation, yet loves all of creation, and everything in it, including each one of us. Of course, he has his likes and dislikes. Each of these are represented in his Essences, the gods or Aeons who are woven through creation. This is what gave substance to all of creation, both its energies and its matter. Yet there is no god or Aeon of sin. Sin is God’s only hate.
So why does God hate sin. Because, sin is when a being goes against that which it knows to be right and true. It goes against God and morals, and in almost all cases it effects other people adversely. Or, takes you from your path. The path God has planned for you. The path that leads you to a future in the eternity that feels like home for you. For good people, Heaven, for evil people Hell, and for many, reincarnation back on Earth. Life is a test to see what kind of person you are, and where you should go when you die. Its only sinful people that should be afraid, for the punishment for sin is severe. Do unto others as you would want done unto you for eternity.
Hell was created to punish wicked people or sinners. To those who are of Hell it is home, and there they are able to do the devious things contained in their minds and souls against the sinners. They are able to treat people the way they always wanted to because everyone there is like them, or are there for punishment. Eternal punishment at the hands of the most evil and vile demons and creatures, from the wraiths at the gates of Hell down to the the darkest demons in the pits of Hell. And, if you are so horrible in life or in Hell that you sin deeply enough that you should pay the ultimate price, then you are thrown in the lake of fire, which is at the bottom of Hell. This is the fiery furnace deep within the Earth. This is how much God hates sin.
If you can be punished for breaking an oath to God or to Satan than you can see that both good and evil hate sin and punish it. We as Gnostics believe this is a fundamental law of the universe, and that everywhere we go, if and when we make contact with another civilization that they would also be beings who have their own morals and hate sin as well. Now you start to see why God hates sin. Not just a little, but with his whole being; the light and the dark, the good and the evil. The whole yin and yang of God’s being hates sin, and so all of creation hates sin too. It is the lowest form of existence.