The bad news is that sin corrupts absolutely. History and our jails show that rebellion will turn children into death row criminals and even heroes and celebrities into murders. OJ Simpson, Mike Tyson and the Menendez brothers are just recent examples of the infectious and destructive nature of Sin. The human soul is tragically diseased. The bible declares:
(Rom 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
Like disease corrupts the body so Sin corrupts the soul to become evil. OJ Simpson, the Menendes Brother and most in our jails did not start out murders or thieves. Neither did Hitler and Sadam Hussain but sin
corrupted them. Even Satan started out and an angle of God but sin corrupted him. All men and women, no matter how "good or great" things they have done have been corrupted by sin.
Sin, is a disease of the soul. Like leprosy or cancer SIN slowly eats away until it kills. Like these diseases, some people succumb in a few short years. Others individuals it takes decades. Sin even after a lifetime may not be "That Bad' or "Criminal" but all have come short of the Glory of God. Again, like Cancer, It cares not how good you've been, what you've done or who you are or even how religious you've been. Sin without a cure will destroy your soul.
One's Soul can live forever. That is a very long time. If Sin does not corrupt you in 80 years or so then it will in 80 million years. The reality is that Sin without a cure will turn even an Angel into Satan. It has done so before.()
Is it any wonder that God could not lets us eat of the tree of life or that the wages of Sin is death? No man or woman can conquer sin in this flesh. In fact without Christ we cannot conquer sin at all! All our righteousness is as dirty rages. ()
(Rom 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sadly many people blame God for deaths, destruction and disasters. Some even think that God is punishing those unfortunate people for their sins. It is not so. We all live in danger of becoming a victim. We are in a Great War. If War has taught us anything it has taught us that bombs a bullets don't care how good or bad you are. They just kill those who are in the wrong place and wrong time. Letís listen to the word of Jesus.
Luke 13:4-5 (KJV) Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
The fact is that the Earth is a War Zone. The earth and life itself is just a struggle to survive. I recognize that some people "survive" better than others do but the bible says the earth groans awaiting its redemption.
Rom 8:22 (KJV) For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rebellion against God, Sin, has left the world separated from God. We are at the mercy of fate and our fellow man. Unless the earth and it's people are reconciled unto God it will continue to be ravaged by pollution, earthquakes, floods as well as murder, war, holocaust, rape and the like. Sin has left it mark on us and the earth.
You have already studied The Great War. You know that sin is rebellion against God. You know the SIN is a disease of the soul. You know who infected us with that disease. Now, itís important also that we understand the nature of this disease called SIN. For it is this very nature that corrupts us through temptations and situation brought upon the earth and upon us by the evil one. Turn to Genesis 3:()
Gen 3:1-6 (KJV) Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Notice how Satan focuses Eve attentions on what God has said she should not do-- eat of the tree in the middle of the Garden (vs. 1-2). Then he temps her not to believe God--You will not surely die! (vs. 4). He told her that God was keeping her from being "as Gods" (vs. 5). From that moment on every man, women and child desires to be "like God" in their very souls. We will believe that God is wrong or God does not exist and do the things God does not want us to do so we can feel and be wise "like God". We search out that thing that will make us "like Gods". For the love of money prostitutes will debase themselves, drug dealers will sell poison and people will murder. All for the money to feel "important" like God, or "powerful" or "respected" like God. Even divorce and adultery make people fell "free" like God. Yes, at the base of all sin is pride, the desire to feel like God.
2 Pet 2:4 (KJV) For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
The fact is that sin, given enough time, will turn even you, the reader, into an evil thing. Eternity is obviously enough time. Yes "unless you repent you shall likewise perish". But there is a Cure!!
Yes, there is great hope as indicated in Rom. 6:23- "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". God has the cure for disease. He sent his son Jesus Christ. Through trusting in the word of God and having faith that Jesus is Son of God, we begin to repair the Damage sin has done to our lives. In other words we believe God and do his will. We do just the opposite of Adam and Eve.
Rom 5:17-19 (KJV) 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
YES, there is a cure for the disease! God did provide the medicine. Learn about the Cure!! Click of the Cross for simple steps to begin a healing relationship with Jesus.