the sufferings of this world – Part 3

     –Ever Since the Beginning– The Seriousness of Sin

It is as simple as this, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God”  1 John 4:7 (KJV).

     By one man sin entered into the world and his progeny chose to follow suit. Disobedience is the cause of disease and natural disasters. Dr. Carl Baugh explains how the disruption on the Earth caused by sin also extend out into the solar system and ultimately into space—“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” Romans 8:22 (KJV). The majority of mankind seems never to learn from the mistakes of the past. Sin may bring fleeting, momentary pleasure, but there are long-lasting effects always a hell-of-a price to pay.

     God told Israel, 3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; 4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely”  Leviticus 26:3-5 (KJV). What wonderful blessings!

     However, the implication is obvious. If Israel rejects God…which they did…if Israel elects to “do their own thing” rather than doing things “God’s way”…If they act like Adam and Eve and disobey…then they will receive the rewards of their own making

     Just like the good advice parents impart to their children:

“Johnny, don’t touch the hot stove.” 
“Mary, don’t run with scissors.”
“Jimmy, look both ways before stepping out into the street.”

God instructs mankind for our good. Actually, there are only two instructions. Almost every LAW, both ancient and modern, is a subset of verse 40:

“. . . 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”  Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV). 1

     In spite of our disobedience, God is still good, all the time. “. . . for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” Matthew 5:45 (NASB). “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease”  Genesis 8:22 (KJV) (this is why we should not be swept up in the panic over global warming and climate change-it’s not legitimate).

     Life is hard because of sin. Its consequences are manifested in the absence of God’s blessings. He has removed His hand and allows Man to exercise free will…to do his own thing. The worst part of sin is our estrangement from the love and power God offers. Truth be told, His heart breaks over us.

“11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”  John 1:11-14 (KJV).

     We have looked at how sin originally came into our world and the curse it brought upon budding humanity. On the day of his fall, Man became separated from God…gained the knowledge of right from wrong…became self-willed…fell from perfection…died spiritually and became subject to physical death and the harshness of life outside of Eden. There would be no more walks in the garden in the cool of the evening casually chatting with the Creator of the Universe. Sin destroys the intimacy they had with God. Sin robs us of His blessings and subjects us to His righteous judgment. Left to our own devices, the seeds of rebellion sprout like weeds. Greed and self-centeredness take control. James says that “. . . every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”  James 1:14-15 (KJV).

     In the beginning, rather than turning to God in repentance, Man lived…as they do today…to satisfy his carnal lusts until God observed “. . . that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” Genesis 6:5 (KJV). God had had enough. The die was cast. He would begin anew with Noah, “who found grace in the eyes of God.”

     God released the “fountains of the deep” and collapsed the “canopy above.” After the flood followed natural disasters and disease (explained in part 2). All the result of sin. And today God continues to warn:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen”  Romans 1:18-25 (KJV).

Exploring Scripture
            ~because it matters. It really does!

          1 God also gave Israel dietary and cleanliness laws, also for their protection.  

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