We are all sinners
by Gini Crawford, MSW
God's Word teaches us that we all are sinners just like Adam and Eve. This is because we are born with a nature that can only sin. A sinner is someone who disobeys God. Romans 3:10-18 says,
...as it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes." NASB®
King David said, in Psalm 51:5,
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. NASB®
It surely is reasonable to think that it is unfair that what Adam and Eve did thousands of years ago affects us today. The sad truth is, from Romans 3 - we all would have eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil! As a Christian, I would dare say, the number of times I sin in a day far outnumbers Eve's sins in Genesis 3. Ouch!
Even one sin can be life changing. Sin tends to take control and alter our lives for the worse. Remember one sin brought death and changed the entire human race (Romans 5:12). James 2:10 teaches us that if we obey God completely, then disobey Him just once, we are guilty of all sin before God.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. NASB®
Read Romans 3:21-24, 5:6-12, 6:5-7 and Ephesians 2:1-10. Before we become Christians, there is no way we can obey God, because we are held captive by our sinful nature. When we become a Christian, we are set free from the power of our sinful nature by Jesus Christ. This is because Jesus redeems us from being enslaved to sin. (We will learn about Jesus redeeming us in another day.) This allows us to be able to choose to obey God. However, as Christians we can still wrestle greatly with disobeying God because our sinful nature is still with us. Why did Adam and Eve choose to disobey God? If you are a Christian, what helps you to choose to obey God?
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