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Big Questions: What is ‘sin’?

Sin – it’s a small word but a huge concept. For some it has come to mean little more than a guilty pleasure, but for Christians sin offers an explanation for many of the problems we see in the world around us.

In this film, Mark and Sarah offer their thoughts on the Bible’s representation of sin – humanity’s choice to turn away from God’s divine plan and put its own desires first.

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