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Maybe you don’t agree with the notion that we are responsible for our own sin; that I sin because I want to sin. A short parable here may help us understand…

Early one morning a man walked out of a building and came across a man sitting dejected on the curb with his head in his hands. The man walking was going to pass on by without saying a word when he noticed that the person sitting on the curb was actually Satan! The man stopped for a moment and cautiously walked over to the rather miserable looking devil and asked him “what’s wrong with you?” Satan slowly looked up at the man, answering him with a question and a quiver in his voice…”why does everybody blame everything bad on me?!”

Now don’t get me wrong here. Satan definitely plays a role with evil and sin and I will address that in the next post, but for now, let’s look at ourselves.

Recently at the treatment center where I preach at on Sunday mornings a woman asked me a question during the Q & A time of the service. “My life was perfect,” she said. “I went to church every week, went to Bible study and small group and every aspect of my life was completely perfect. I had NO reason to start drinking but I did. Why did I throw my life away, why did I ruin a perfect thing?” That is an excellent question and reminds me of a similar “perfect” situation.

When God created this world he made everything perfect and without sin. God told Adam and Eve that they had dominion over the animals and the garden, they were in control of this perfect place God had created. Everything was their’s except for one little thing, God told them “you must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) Everything was PERFECT…so why did Adam and Eve sin? Because they desired to sin! Look at Genesis 3:6, “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.” Sin looks good! Sin looks desirable! Sin looks fun! We sin because we desire something more, even when everything is perfect! The first step at understanding and overcoming sin is by understanding the desires of our hearts. James tells us, “but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (1:14-15)

We sin because of the desires of our hearts. We sin when everything is perfect. Could it get any worse than that? I hope no one is preying upon this glaring weakness that I have…

(Pt 3 coming very soon! Click on the “Sign Me Up” button on the left of the screen to make sure you don’t miss out on the rest of this series, Perfect Sin.)

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Sin.

There…I said it. The one word people recoil from, become enraged over and often times flatly refuse it’s existence. Like a purple unicorn most people consider sin to be in the same mythological grouping of objects that used to exist but don’t anymore. People often equate the word sin to guilt, shame and religious manipulation…the kind that was used during the dark ages but nothing that sensible, well educated, cultured people would refer to today. No, today we don’t “sin” what we do is far more genteel than that. Today we might “make a mistake” or perhaps “mess something up” even going as far as  “doing something wrong” but at the end of the day we don’t “sin.” Because if we did “sin” it would mean that something was inherently wrong with us and it would mean that we are accountable for our sinful behaviors.

Guess what? We do sin, there is something inherently wrong with us and we will be held accountable for our sins.

That’s not the scary part though, the scary part is why we sin. Whatever you are doing right now, stop it. I need your full attention before we go on to the next line, spend the next 10 seconds concentrating only on what you will read next, in fact, read it out loud…

I sin because I WANT to sin.

Let that sink in for just a moment. I sin because I want to sin; I curse because I want to curse, I steal because I want to steal, I cheat because I want to cheat, I lie because I want to lie, I kill because I want to kill…I sin because I WANT to sin. Jeremiah 17:9 states “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” We deceive ourselves if we think for a moment that we are not the originators of our sin.

Intrigued, infuriated or indecisive? I’ve only scratched the surface…

(Pt 2 coming very soon! Click on the “Sign Me Up” button on the left of the screen to make sure you don’t miss out on the rest of this series, Perfect Sin.)

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