Today we live in a world where sin is rampant. Many ask, “what is wrong with sin? Why is God so hard on us? Does God not want us to have any fun?”
I am so very thankful that God loves us and cares for us even though we rarely acknowledge it. He knows that sin is an egregious thing that must be controlled if not eliminated. Otherwise, it will destroy us. Here are the three problems caused by sin:
First, sin instills pride in the individual. Here is how it happened with the first family:
- And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. (Genesis 3:8-13 KJV)
Notice in this account that both Adam and Eve ate the fruit that God specifically forbid eating. They made a conscious decision to eat the fruit, yet after partaking, sin entered and they became afraid. When God confronted them, they both placed the blame on another, for after all they have done nothing amiss. This is the first problem with sin. It builds your pride by saying, “you have done nothing wrong” or “it’s their fault not yours.” Have you ever been to a jail? Can you believe all of our jails are filled with innocent people? Go figure.
The next problem with sin is that it has no boundaries. In the Garden of Eden, sin did not exist. Even when the first family was evicted and forced to live elsewhere, there was still no lying, lusting, or other sin. Then, however, they had two sons. One son walked with God while the other was apathetic about his spiritual walk. Eventually, one son became envious of the other, and then the unthinkable happened:
- And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. (Genesis 4:8-10 KJV)
Remember sin? It all started with eating a piece of forbidden fruit, and now it has transformed into murder. Hundreds of years later, here was the state of the human race:
- And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. (Genesis 6:5-7 KJV)
This is the way sin works. It starts with just a little thing, and then it progresses to bigger things. If left unchecked, it will destroy families as it did with the first family. If it continues unimpeded, it can and will destroy the entire human race. Sin honors no boundaries and will consume everything it touches.
The third problem with sin is that it creates rebellion. We know that God creates order, for he “is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33). This is why he tells us to “let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). He establishes families with the husband as the head (Ephesians 5:23) and commands the remainder of the family to submit to him. He establishes order in the church and in our everyday life, and then commands us to “obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves” (Hebrews 13:17). Jesus even told the disciples to obey the hypocritical Pharisees:
- Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. (Matthew 23:1-3 KJV)
All of the things are done to maintain order, but sin says, “no, I will not do it.” Remember the flood which destroyed the entire human race? You would think sin is through meddling in human affairs, but think again. Here is what happens with the next generation after the flood:
- And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1-9 KJV)
Immediately after the flood, the earth was desolate. As the centuries passed and the human race began to multiply, God told them to scatter out and replenish the entire earth instead of staying in one area. At first they obeyed, but once they reached the plain of Shinar, they decided they would do things their way and God could …. (well, you know). For this reason, God gave them different languages to break their unity, and at that point, they had no other choice but to obey. Had God not done this, mankind would soon have destroyed itself again.
What it the problem with sin? First, it deceives the individual into thinking he or she is okay. Second, sin has no boundaries and will eventually consume everything it touches. Third, sin creates rebellion and then confusion and disorder. For this reason, Jesus came into the world to defeat our greatest foe: sin (1 John 3:5). The question therefore is this: do you know him? If not then click here.