In the book of Genesis, God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or he would die. God gave man a choice in order to see if man loved Him enough to obey him. Obeying God was for man’s protection.
Adam and his wife Eve did not obey. Man chose to believe the lie of the devil instead. We have to realize that Adam spoke with the Creator of the universe face to face. He knew that God was the one who created all living creatures on the earth yet he chose to believe the serpent, instead of God Himself. That alone is perplexing. Adam doubted the Creator, but believed the created.
This tells us the devil is a great deceiver, and he continues to deceive many people today. Revelation 12:9 states, “he deceives the whole world.”
God commanded man to follow His instructions, and warned Adam what would happen if he disobeyed therefore his disobedience was sin and rebellion. After he ate of the fruit, Adam received a sinful nature, and could not enter Heaven. Heaven is perfect and God cannot allow any corruption into His perfect place. Why should He?
Because of what happened in the garden man has a sinful nature and that sinful nature passes down to every person born. You might think that it’s not fair that we have to now suffer for his sin but every one of us would have done the same. Humans prove it every day with our sinful thoughts, actions, intents and attitudes.
Here are just seven verses that describe our sinful nature:
1. Romans 5:12-15, Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
Adam brought death to every man, and Jesus brought life to every man who receives Him and obeys Him. There is the choice.
2. Psalms 51:1-5, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3. Psalms 58:3, The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
Notice how even children will lie. The mother asks little Mikee, “Did you eat that cookie?” “No mom, I didn’t.” Yet crumbs are all over his face. Children still go to heaven because they have not reached the age of accountability. That’s an example of God’s grace.
4. Romans 3:12, There is none who does good, no, not one.
5. Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
6. Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
7. Jeremiah 17:9, The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Jesus even called us evil in Matthew 7:11.
This is why we all need a Savior. We are all doomed to die and go to hell. God is not sending anyone to hell, because we are all automatically going there.
- John 3:18, But he who does not believe is condemned already.
We cannot get to heaven by our own efforts. We could never be good enough.
The following analogy might help you understand why our good falls immensely short of God’s standard of good:
If you were viewing some white sheep grazing on a green hillside, those sheep would appear to be dazzling white compared to the green grass. However, you go to bed that evening and wake up to the hillside covered with snow. Now the sheep appear dingy and dull in comparison to the pure white snow. And so it is with man. Even our best appears very dirty compared to a holy God.
As a mater of fact, the analogy is very weak in comparison, as we would look filthy compared to Him.
- Job 15:16, How much less man, who is abominable and filthy, Who drinks iniquity like water!
- Isaiah 64:6, And all our righteousnessare like filthy rags.
If we would be honest, we would admit that we all sin.
Thank God He sent Jesus to die in our place and cleanse us from our sin. His desire is to take us to Heaven however we must repent and turn to Him in order for that to happen. People send themselves to hell by the rejection of the provision for their sins, which is Jesus Christ.
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished. Are you the simple, or the prudent. – Proverbs 27:12
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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell