Abrahamic contexts, sin is the act of violating God's will. Sin can also be viewed as anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the ideal order for human living. To sin has been defined as "to miss the mark". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin
"Anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God."
1 John 1:9-10 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Here are sins often condoned in our everyday church. The solution lies in honest evaluation of actions, not a defensive posture against the truth. Sin exists and God desires confession and repentance instead of excuses and justification. We are also to avoid blaming and shaming. Rebuking in love and gentleness is the goal. When sin crops up we simply identify it and bring it to light. We forgive, have mercy, and demonstrate compassion letting God work through his principles. However, if someone refuses to see the truth further action might be needed.
Sarcasm: Sarcasm is "a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcasm
Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
Proverbs 22:10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
Lies: A lie is an intentionally false statement to a person or group made by another person or group who knows it is not wholly the truth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie#White_lie There are 30 different versions or types of lies listed at wikipedia including 'white lie.'
Proverbs 19:22 What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.
Micah 6:12 Your rich people are violent; your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.
John 8:55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.
1 Timothy 4:2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
1 John 4:20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Flattery: Flattery (also called adulation or blandishment) is the act of giving excessive compliments, generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flattery
Job 32:22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.
Psalm 12:2 Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.
Psalm 12:3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—
Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Proverbs 28:23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
Romans 16:18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
1 Thessalonians 2:5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness.
Jude 1:16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
Gossip:Gossip is idle talk or rumor, especially about personal or private affairs of others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gossip
Proverbs 16:28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
Romans 1:29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
1 Timothy 5:13 13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.
Proverbs 15:4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
Titus 1:10 [ Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good ] For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.