The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
Sin is disobeying God.  Or missing the mark.  The very first sin was committed by Adam and Eve
in the Garden of Eden when they disobeyed God.  You can read all about this in Genesis Chapter
2 and 3 which is the first book of the Bible.  Here is an account of some of it.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  And
the Lord God commanded the man "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must
not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good or evil for when you eat of it you will surely die."  

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.  He said to
the woman  "Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?"  The woman said to
the serpent "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden but God did say "You must not eat fruit
from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die."  

"You will not surely die" the serpent said to the woman.  "For God knows that when you eat of it
your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also
desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.  She also gave some to her husband, who
was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they
were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

When God created Adam and Eve, they were sinless.  God put them in the Garden of Eden where
every tree was
"pleasing to the eye and good for food".  They had everything they needed, so
there was no reason for them to eat from the one tree God instructed them not to eat from.  God
also told them the consequences of what would happen if they did so.  But they did it anyway,
and since then sin has resided in man.

Isn't it just like a parent that tells their children not to do something or else...but they do it
anyway.  That is what the sinful nature that we inherited from Adam is like.  We have the desire
to disobey, and then we pay the price just like Adam did.

But God did Adam and Eve and all of us a big favour in Genesis 4:22   

And the Lord God said "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.  He must
not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever."  So
the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been
taken.  After he drove the man out he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and
a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Had Adam or Eve eaten from the tree of life, they would have lived in sin forever, so God
prevented them from doing so, so that mankind could be "saved" from their sins.  God knew
before he did any of this what man would do, and he already had a plan of redemption for man
through Jesus Christ.

Since this original sin, all of mankind became sinful.  If you read on, you will see that Adam and
Eve had two sons, and one killed the other....sin in action.  From then on, mankind continued to
sin until as God said in Genesis 6:5 The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had
become and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  

That's pretty bad, only evil all the time, it can't get much worse than that.  And that was the
consequences of sin. When God said to Adam that he would surely die, he did not mean that he
would drop dead the moment he ate of the fruit, he meant that he would die spiritually, that he
would have no desire to know God, or do what God asked him to,  but that he would now have the
desire to do things his way.  And as you will see as you read the rest of the Old Testament,
mankind certainly did have a lot of troubles and wars and struggles, and it has continued until
today......that is the consequences of sin.   Doing things our way instead of God's way.

When Adam and Eve sinned, God killed the first animal and used the skin to make garments for
them.  The animal he killed did not deserve to die, but God shed it's blood to pay for their sin.  As
the Bible says in Hebrews 9:22 ..without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness...  God had
thereby shown Adam and Eve that their sin had to be paid for by a blood sacrifice.   Later, when
Adam and Eve's sons, Abel and Cain presented their offerings to God, Abel brought a blood
offering, but Cain brought some "fruits of the soil".  God was pleased with Abel because he did
what God asked him to do, but Cain disobeyed (sin in action) and was angry that God did not
accept his offering and decided to kill his brother Abel which he did (sin in action again).  

When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and the Law he commanded the nation of Israel
to begin sacrificing animals for their sins.  They were to bring an animal to the temple, lay their
hands on its head, confess their sins, and sacrifice it to God as atonement for their sins.  This
went on till the time of Jesus who then became the ultimate sacrifice for sin, after which no more
animals were required to be sacrificed for sin.  Jesus paid the price once for all.  That is why
today, all we are required to do is accept what Jesus did for us as atonement for our sins.

If we look around the world today, we can see the consequences of sin.  We can see the dark
side of man's sin in action.  For the past few thousand years, there has been very few years
where there has been peace on earth.  The world is full of anger, hate, greed, crime, wars,
murder, cruelty, torture, and inhumanity of every kind.  This is evidence of sin in action.  God's
plan is that we live in love, joy, and peace.  This is why we need to deal with the sin issue here on
earth, because we would all prefer that kind of world.  As the Bible says in Romans 3:23
...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...  We inherited the sin of Adam and Eve,
and we will sin until the day we die.  It's our nature.  

God knew that and in his love and kindness provided a way that our sins could be forgiven and
for a way that we could be reconnected to God.  When Adam sinned, he died spiritually.  He
disconnected himself from God and went his own way doing his own thing.  When Jesus came to
earth to die for our sins, he reconnected us to God so we could be "born again".  Not physically,
but spiritually.  And all those who accept what Jesus did for them can now have all their past,
present, and future sins totally forgiven and regain their relationship with God.  If you want to get
reconnected to God, read the Born Again page.

There is more that will be said about sin in other studies, but this is the basis of it, and I doubt that
anyone would ever argue the fact that they have not sinned.  We all know we have, that's not the
issue.  The issue is:  How do we make things right.  Sin does not make our life better, it makes it
worse.  Therefore, the sooner we turn from sin the better our lives will be, and the better our
world will be.  And God has provided a way for us to do just that.  Jesus said in John 10:10  I have
come that they may have life, and life abundantly...   When you accept Jesus as your Saviour, not
only are all your sins forgiven, but he also gives you the Holy Spirit to lead and teach you, and
show you the best things for your life.  And then you will have a life that is truly life.
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