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::Devotional:: ‘Why do people sin?’

April 14, 2010

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time I’m sure you’ve entertained this question in your mind a few times.  Why do people sin?  I know I have.  It’s a good question with a very solid answer.  I’d consider this one of the key questions every Christian should know how to answer for themselves and for others.

People sin because they have inherited something called a sin nature.  This is not a physical inheritance but a spiritual one that goes all the way back to Adam and Eve.  Think of it like physically inheriting a greater susceptibility for high blood pressure from your parents.  You don’t have a choice in the inheritance and it’s not exactly the most positive thing in the world to receive.  In fact, it might even be considered unfair.  Nevertheless, sin in inherited.

This sin nature came about through the free choice of Adam and Eve to disobey God in the Garden of Eden when they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  The sin nature was passed down through their descendants, which includes all mankind.  In large part, people still have a free choice to sin against God or not even today.  However, nobody can be perfect 100% of the time because we are sinful by nature.  That means for Christians, there is an overwhelming desire to sin less that is encouraged by the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the power of God’s word, but as long as we’re on this earth we will never be sinless.

It’s easy to think that this inherited sin nature is unfair.  I mean, one person made one mistake and everyone has to suffer?

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned –  Romans 5:12

God is holy, and part of being holy means that He must fairly punish sin.  That punishment is achieved through death.

For the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23

Again, it seems a bit unfair.  But, there is hope.  If one man’s sin caused sin to come to all men through an inheritance could it be possible for one man’s righteousness to come to all men the same way?  Yes!

Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.  For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:18-19

That makes things fair doesn’t it?  People don’t have a choice in becoming sinners because it is inherited all the way from Adam and Eve, but they do have a choice in becoming righteous through Jesus.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  Romans 10:9-10

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10-12-13

People sin because of their sin nature.  Some have been trained through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to sin less, but nobody is sinless.  However, those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are saved from the punishment of that sin.  They are saved from death and are given the gift of eternal life.  All of their sins, those they have committed and will commit, are forgiven.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Acts 13:38

God is always fair and just, it’s part of his character.  His heart’s desire is to sink the ship of sin and rescue anyone who wants to get off before the boat goes down.

For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD.  Repent and live!  Ezekiel 18:32

Why do people sin?  Because of their sin nature.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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