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The Bible and Sin Part 2

Updated on February 18, 2012
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Sin: It's Beginning and Consequence


Sin is just a three letter word, and yet it is the most destructive force in the universe. It is sin that has caused everything that is wrong with this earth that we inhabit, from death and disease, to murder and war and man's inhumanity to his fellow man. The Bible said that the creation itself groans under the weight of the sin that is in it, and is waiting to be delivered from the slavery that this sin brings (Romans 8:19-22). The earthquakes, out of control fires, tornadoes and floods that wreak havoc on our property and destroy our lives were not a part of the paradise that God originally created, and they will not be on the New Heaven and the New Earth. In that day there will be no more mourning, or crying or pain, caused by that devastating three letter word. Sin's effects will be forever banished.

But how did we get into this mess in the first place? Why are we and the world under the curse of sin?


I. The Entrance of Sin into the World

The essence of sin can be summarized in one word. That word is rebellion. It is a rebellion against the creator and sustainer of the universe and against the moral laws which He has established. The interesting thing is that man was not the first creature to rebel. It was Satan whose pride lead him to say that he wanted to be in the place of God. He was there when Eve was tempted and was actively leading her into that temptation.

But according to Romans 5:12, it was through the rebellion of the first man, Adam, that sin has entered the world. This is a reference to Genesis 3. God had told Adam and Eve that they were free to eat of any tree in the Garden of Eden in which they were placed, except one. He told them that if they disobeyed that they would surely die. The Hebrew phrase can be translated as: "dying, you shall die." In other words, this sin would start the process of death that each human being since that time is now experiencing. All of us are in the process of dying. Satan tempted Eve, leading her to believe that they wouldn't die and that God was somehow holding back something from them. He told her:

"For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5).

She was tempted with the same pride as Satan to throw off God's authority and to be her own god. Eve was the first to eat the fruit of the tree but Adam, who ate also, was held responsible. The reason for this is that he was supposed to be the spiritual head, listening to the voice of God, and he abdicated that role. Adam himself was given the instructions by the Lord in Genesis 2:16-17 that he was not supposed to eat from that tree. Instead of exercising his spiritual leadership, he turned his back on God and followed his wife in open rebellion (Genesis 3:17).


II. Consequences of Sin

The effects of Adam's rebellion were devastating. Sin entered the world. Men became sinners because Adam passed to all of his descendants the inherent sinful nature he possessed. This nature is present at the moment each of us is conceived (Psalm 51:5). Adam's sin nature is passed on from generation to generation. We aren't sinners because we sin, we sin because we are, by nature, sinners.

The penalty for that sin is death (Romans 6:23). This is both physical and spiritual. Death is a separation. Physical death is the separation of our soul from our body. Spiritual death is our soul's separation from God. Mankind, created in God's image, designed to have fellowship with the living Lord of the universe, is now separated by their open rebellion and defiance of God and are subject to God's wrath (John 3:36). If nothing is done, then the ultimate fate of all men and women is eternal death, or eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:14,15).


Conclusion

If you are beginning to see our hopeless situation, then you are experiencing exactly what the Bible wants you to know. Without some intervention, we are totally lost and on our way to an eternity of separation from all that is holy and good. There is only one solution to the devastating problem of sin. And God provided that solution in the form of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is to that solution that we will turn in our conclusion to this series.

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      Jeff Shirley 6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      You are right. Jesus is the only answer to our sin. His death and resurrection is the key that gives us the chance to be free from that sin and its ultimate consequence, eternal death or separation from a holy God. Thanks for your comments.

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      Jobanski 6 years ago

      Very good hub. Because Jesus was not conceived of man, but of the Holy Spirit, he was perfect/sinless (unblemished). Not only this but he had complete control over death. He laid down His life so we could live again.

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      Jeff Shirley 6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      I agree that Hub Pages is a place where everybody's opinion about God is given, but there isn't much that even resembles what the Bible actually says, with the exception of a few. It is my desire to be one of those few voices that speak the truth of God's Word here in this community. Thanks for the encouragement and may God bless you.

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      GodTalk,

      This week I've been preaching in CT, and the Sunday School teacher had a lesson on--guess what? Sin. No coincidence, he brought some of your same thoughts and this hub just reinforced all that the Bible has to say about that nasty three letter word. I love the way you stay true to the Word of God. In all reality, there's not much of that on HubPages.

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      Jeff Shirley 6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks for your encouragement and for following me. God bless you.

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      William Jordan 6 years ago from Houston

      Hey this is a great Hub about how sin affects our lives you we have one hope to repent of sin and accept Jesus.

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