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Some might define sin as hurting other people, not fulfilling our potential, negatively impacting the planet, a morality tale to control the “weak,” or an illusion. Genesis reveals how man came to be in his sinful and helpless state and provides the foundational information of the gospel message.
While the choice to “take and eat” ultimately plunged mankind into the darkness of death , by offering Himself as a sacrifice on the cross the Son of God freely provided new life for us, if we will but “take and eat” (John 6:47–51; Matthew 26:26–29).
The murder of another human is not only an offense against man, but also an offense against God. For the act of murder the civil authorities will execute justice through the courts. For violating the Law of God, the consequence is much harsher.
Often when Christians think of the first sin, they think of Adam and Eve and the Fall in the Garden of Eden. While this is indeed the first human sin, it is not the first recorded sin in Scripture.
Genesis 1 reveals that God’s original creation was “very good.” Death and suffering are the result of Adam’s sin—we can’t blame God for it.
Does the doctrine of original sin stand or fall on the historicty of Genesis, Adam and Eve, the perfect creation, and the Fall of mankind?
Our culture no longer understands “God” or “sin” the same way that the Bible does. Before we attempt to communicate the gospel, we must define our terms.
Leviticus 4:20–35 seem to teach that animal sacrifices can take away sins, while Hebrews 10:4–11 reveal they did not. Ron Dudek explains.
Ask me why God created mankind even though He knew man would sin, and I hesitate.
Can all sins be forgiven (Acts 13:39; Titus 2:14; 1 John 1:9) or not (Matthew 12:31; Mark 3:29; Luke 12:10)?
Can man be held accountable for his sinful actions, and yet have Christ act as a substitution for his sins?
Feedback: A reader responds to Ken’s article on the Virginia Tech tragedy
Two years ago, an enemy “from without” attacked the US by destroying the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, and also heavily damaging the Pentagon in Washington, DC, killing almost 3,000.
An angry student at Gutenberg High School in Erfurt, Germany, has taken the lives of 14 teachers, 2 students, and a policeman, before killing himself.
Imagine going to your doctor for your annual medical checkup.
The culture in Western nations is changing. It just isn’t politically correct to call sin “a sin” anymore.
It is very true that familiarity breeds contempt. Who is not familiar with the story of man’s first sin?