So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
– Genesis 3:6
In Genesis 1:31, after God’s entire work of the creation week, the Scriptures proclaim “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed it was very good.” Not just “good” but “very good.” Obviously, sickness, suffering and death were not originally part of His creation since God would not call any of those things “very good.”
From a theological standpoint, Genesis 3 might be the most important chapter in the entire Bible. From here, the rest of the Bible is dealing with this verse. Paul tells us in Romans 5:12 how from “one man sin entered the world and death through sin.” The single act of Adam and Eve willingly ignoring the ONE rule God had for them in the Garden of Eden brought suffering and death to our world.
Sin is a bad thing and we are wise to treat it as such. Sin is not something to be ignored or excused. Sin is bad and everything bad comes from sin in general. After the fall, we find ourselves living in a sin-stained world.
It is Jesus who takes away our sin. The sin which separates us from God, is eradicated with the cross. God doesn’t look at our sin as our standing with Him is wholly based on work of Christ on the cross. 1 John 2:1-2 tells us we have an advocate with the Father and Jesus paid the price our sin deserved. But we still battle the consequences of sin in this fallen world.
But there are actions one can do which clearly are sinful. As 1 John 2:14-17 refers to this sin as the “lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life.” Actions which fall into one or more of those categories are sinful. Growing in Christ means deepening one’s walk in such a way as to modify our behavior.
Paul tells us in Romans 8:5 not to live “according to the flesh” and “to be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Paul was pushing his readers to let the Holy Spirit empower them to live above the sinful desires of the flesh. It is why we are described as “new creations” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and as such we have been bought with a price – the blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). My sin is abhorrent to Him and it is to be the same for me.
Unfortunately, encouraging people to live above sin is not widely mentioned in our modern church. The tendency, is to down-play sin, excuse sin or even ignore sin. Only the Holy Spirit can convict of sin, but if the church is unwilling to point out sin or encourage one to turn away from sin, the individual doesn’t see their sin for what it is and continues their journey of rebellion to God.
Recognizing our own sin and seeing it as God sees it, is necessary step as children of God. As we grow in our relationship with Him, the Holy Spirit will empower us as we face temptation. Sin no longer needs to continue to wreak havoc in our life.
This is where too many of those who claim the name of Christ struggle as they lose a battle to temptation and come to the wrong conclusion, their sin isn’t so bad. Therefore, sin is excused, ignored or explained away.
Sin is a bad thing. Treat it as such and pray for God’s power to consume you. Get into His Word and trust those promises of overcoming temptation and sin. Do not give sin a foothold in your life and learn the truth of this Spiritual Absolute; sin is a bad thing.