According to the United States Uniform Crime Rate Report, crime in the United States accounts for more death, injuries and loss of property then all natural disasters combined. Approximately 13 million people are victims of crime each year with 1.5 million being victims to violent crimes. We witnessed this week the demolition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and 6 adults were murdered last December. Why is it that people who live in the most affluent and prosperous nation in the history of the world resort to such horrendous acts of violence and crime? The reason is because of the sin nature we each inherited from Adam and Eve.
In Gneiss 3:1we see that satan is the author of sin. Satan is called the serpent. There are several different names that explain the same evil, wicked devil. The various names are devil, serpent, dragon, satan (Revelation 20:1-2). Whichever name you use you are referring to the author of sin. But what is sin? What is the nature of sin? In Genesis we find a description of the nature of sin. There are three words that help us define and show the characteristics of sin. The three characteristics of sin are doubt, desire, and disobedience.
The first thing that satan did was come to Eve and put doubt in her mind regarding God's holy, infallible word. One of the warning signs that you are about to fall victim to the deception of the devil is when you begin to doubt God's Word. Satan did not come to Eve and say, I am the devil and I am here to tempt you and destroy your life. He came craftily, subtly, and raising a question about the veracity of God's word. The devil said in Genesis 3:1 "Yea, hath God said" The devil does not overtly repudiate Gods word, he just raises doubt. Doubt perhaps is the number one trick of the devil that leads more people to hell than any other scheme of the devil because many simply doubt God's word. The devil will plant the seed of doubt in the mind of people to cause them to doubt that a loving God would send anyone to hell, yet the bible says "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:15)
Pastor Randy Mason
The second characteristic of sin is desire, or craving for the forbidden. In Genesis 3:6 we see the attraction for the forbidden. Eve looked and desired and then she partook of the forbidden fruit. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was most likely a literal, beautiful tree with beautiful luscious fruit. There is a great lesson for us to learn from this account. Sin always portrays itself as luscious, inviting and beautiful. The allurement and desire for illegal drugs, alcohol and sexual promiscuity are most often presented as attractive, inviting and beautiful, but most always these activities lead to devastating consequences and even death.
The third characteristic of sin is disobedience. The precise moment when Adam and Eve sinned and brought the sin curse upon themselves and all mankind was in verse six when Adam and Eve took of the fruit. They sinned willfully. They sinned with their eyes wide open. Sin will manifest itself through doubt, desire, and disobedience in such a manner that people will knowingly involve themselves in activities that they know are wrong and destructive to both themselves and those that they love, yet they do it anyway with devastating consequences.
What is it that all men are guilty of? Sin! The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned.." There are many people who have never participated in gross sin of immortality, or lewd behavior, but the bible says we are all sinners because we inherited that nature from Adam and Eve. There is a universality of sin in that we have all followed in the steps of Adam in that we have all inherited a sin nature, which has separated us from a relationship with God. We are all sinners in need of forgiveness.
We must come to a realization that we have sinned in the same way that Adam and Eve sinned and that we can only be saved from our sins by repenting of our sins and turning by faith to God through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." (Romans 5:12)
We cannot reform the sin nature by our own strength and might, or by turning over a new leaf. We must be spiritually transformed if we are to get victory over doubt, desire and disobedience. "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2)