Step 1: Oops, I missed

Simply stated, sin means "to miss the mark" of perfection. If you can admit that nobody is perfect, you must concede that all are sinners.

Some may miss the mark more than others, but all have missed. Sin is the one common denominator that cuts across all race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and monetary status.

Romans 3:23a says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." A soul under the bond of sin cannot enter into heaven. Romans 6:23a says, "For the wages of sin is death." Sin is an offense that only God can remove. We can perform penance, community service, benevolent deeds, or any other good works, to ease our conscience—but these works will not erase the stain of sin that still remains. That stain can only be cleansed by God. Without God's cleansing, we are all condemned to eternal separation from God.

Every person possesses an eternal spirit. Our spirit is the immortal essence of our being. When we physically die, our spirit continues to exist eternally, either with God or apart from God.

Ultimately, whether or not our sin is cleansed will determine where we will spend eternity.

How can our sins be erased? How exactly do we find forgiveness?

Continue on to to STEP 2 and find out