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Sin is Like an Infection

God doesn’t tell us not to sin because He’s mean. God loves us and knows how miserable we are when we choose sin.

You probably already know what happens to friends when one lies about the other. So, God told us not to do it (Exodus 20:16). All of God’s rules are like that.

But God knows we can’t be good all the time. The very first people ever made, our first parents, disobeyed God and we’ve been sunk ever since. The Bible calls anything we do or think against God “sin.” It’s a tiny word for a terrible thing. Kind of like germs!

English: These are e Coli.

E. Coli

This is just how Isaiah (64:6) talks about us. He says we are like wash clothes left scrunched by the kitchen sink. You know what happens to them, they grow a swarm of bacteria! There’s no point washing dishes with them, it would be more disgusting than before.

The sin deep inside us is like that. Before we’re even born, it starts growing in us and messes up everything we do (Psalm 51:5). The more we try to be good, the more God wrinkles His nose because it’s so gross.

 

IMG_3823When a wash cloth gets like this, we put it in some disinfectant to kill the germs and take away the bad smell. But we can’t do that to ourselves to kill sin!

If nothing changed, we would be good for nothing but the trash pile. But God loves us too much. He knew there was one way to clean out the sin all the way through us.

  • If there could a man born to Adam’s family who didn’t have any sin,
  • who was powerful enough to suck all our sin into himself and zap it gone,
  • he could make a cleanser for us.

But every child ever born was already dirty with their own sin infection! How did God do it?

You know the Christmas story: God sent part of Himself to be made into a man using only a young woman’s egg. The sin infection was passed on by fathers (Romans 5:12), so He never caught it. An angel told her what to call Him: Jesus. In Hebrew, His name means God is Savior, or Rescuer. God became our Brother!

When it was time, Jesus told His followers He had to die, but He would be alive again three days later. They couldn’t figure out how they could be rescued by their hero dying!

Goalfinder Blood-RBCGod’s rules tell us how it worked. He told Noah and his family (that’s all of us) not to eat blood because that’s where the life is (Genesis 9:4). He told Moses to always use a sacrifice with blood to cover sins (Hebrews 9:22).

Peter tells us we are bought back from sin with Jesus’ perfectly clean blood (I Peter 1:18). He also said Jesus pulled your sins and mine into Himself on the cross. When He did that, He killed the sin so we could be right with God (I Peter 2:24).   The infection is gone so we can be clean again.

There’s only one problem left. Imagine you bring a birthday present to someone’s party, but they’re mad at you and won’t take it. You did what you could, but the present isn’t theirs until they change their mind and open it.

John 1:10-12 tells us many people didn’t recognize Jesus. They wouldn’t believe Him. Only people who take Him can be the children of God. Jesus has done all the work already. All that’s left for each of us to do is believe Him and ask Him to wash us clean (Revelation 1:5).

Have you asked Jesus to wash away all your sin germs? All the work has been done, but Jesus won’t make you clean unless you want Him to.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. I John 1:7 NLT

excerpt from my book manuscript

open Bible open Bible Striped cat in blossoms, photo credit: Martin Pius Mueller

Natural Death?

And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.  Genesis 21:16

Striped cat in blossoms, photo credit: Martin Pius Mueller

When my family moved to a farm we were quickly adopted by a kitten we decided to call Stripers. He was a delightful ball of energy and fun. When he wasn’t snuggling on our laps, he was out catching grasshoppers to play with in the living room; I told my sisters that he liked his veggies! His favorite thing to do in the evening was snatch at the moths fluttering around the lamps. Just imagine if there were snack size candy bites flying around YOUR house!
One morning that summer, Stripers was gone. Soon I found his little, mangled body next to the road down the hill. He was the first cat I buried under the old lilac at the corner of the house.

It is always a sad thing when someone dies, but accidental deaths are especially hard to accept because someone is so alive one day and completely gone the next.

Every culture in the world has its own way of mourning the dead. We usually gather around the bereaved family and show our support for them in some way. Often special clothes are worn so the mourners don’t have to say anything for others to know they are grieving. The Bible mentions a number of practices that the Jewish people would perform to show their sadness at the passing of a loved one.

We all know, even though it isn’t comfortable to think about, that some day every one of us will leave our bodies behind.

The question is, are we meant to go through this?

T Rex above carcass bones, Nation History MuseumIs death the natural condition of the world, as necessary as being born?

Evolutionary thinking says, “yes.”

Conclusion #1: Evolution is a cruel and brutal process.

Evolution is not a planned process. It does no engineering. The end products were never visualized. No goals exist. There is no thought of failure or success. There is no seeking of perfection. There is no seeking of anything. Evolution does not do anything. It only happens. Mutations produce chaos with genetic accident after accident, most of which is eventually fatal. Evolution uses misery and death to sort it all out. Evolution produces the strongest organism when the organism is in absolute misery. Rapid and early deaths make allele selections quickly.

We are at the mercy of a merciless idiot that survives with no regard for the comfort of the organism. The process of evolution has no goal, but its result is as if its only goal was to reproduce.

[Taken from a now defunct website discussing evolution. You can find a similar quotes on ICR]

I don’t know about you, but that about makes me want to lose my lunch. Evolutionary thinking is heartless and cruel, full of hardened indifference to suffering and hopelessness.

Now, what does God say to that question? His answer is “no.” Death was not part of God’s original “very good” world. God warned Adam that death would come if he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Sure enough, death passed onto the Creation when Adam disobeyed God (Romans 8:19-23). Although Adam continued to live on earth for another 930 years, his body began to die that very day and his spirit was separated from God’s life.

In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God.  Yes, in the past your lives were full of those sins. You lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers that are above the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey God. In the past all of us lived like that, trying to please our sinful selves. We did all the things our bodies and minds wanted. Like everyone else in the world, we deserved to suffer God’s anger just because of the way we were.

But God is rich in mercy, and he loved us very much. We were spiritually dead because of all we had done against him. But he gave us new life together with Christ. (You have been saved by God’s grace.)  Ephesians 2:1-5 Easy-to-read Version

Millions of Years before Adam and Eve?In our hearts, we know that we were not meant to live on earth for a short time and then just turn to dust as if we’d never been. We know that our inner self—our spirit—is meant to live on forever. Praise God, He had His Son, Jesus, take our sins into Himself and die in our place! All that is left for me is to ask God to wash the filth of my disobedience away and claim me as His own.

What an unspeakably great gift this is: to be not just clean, but alive and in heaven with God forever!

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  Revelation 21:3,4