38. Original Sin

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Introduction
How the Bible describes human nature is entirely different from what man considers himself to be. Most people think of themselves as moral, virtuous, self-sufficient and good. We live at a time when political correctness forbids us saying a disparaging word against others despite the obvious wickedness they commit.

Scripture teaches us that “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.) All of Adam’s offspring are indeed “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1) and are “by nature the children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3), for “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:3.)

Man’s Condition before the Great Flood
Our opening text was true of every man, woman, and child alive at the time of Noah. The earth was closer to its original beauty, yet only Noah “found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8.) In the short time between Adam and Noah mankind had become completely corrupt. Notice, they were not destroyed just for what they did, but for what they were. Their thoughts and reasoning were contrary to God’s will. Their wickedness was the outward fruit of a perverse heart.

Many of those people would have been consider good and moral by today’s standards, but not according to God. We may have got along with them but the Holy Spirit could no longer abide them (Genesis 6:3). Noah pleaded with them for 120 years to repent, but his preaching fell upon deaf ears (2 Peter 2:5.) Year by year, moment by moment they became more corrupt and perverse.

Man’s Condition Today
God, the Bible teaches, “searcheth the reins and hearts” (Revelation 2:23), so He knows what is in every one of us. Everyone has turned aside from the path of truth and holiness, nobody can be considered to be good. Therefore the whole world stands ready to be judged by the Holy God.

Daily we are presented with the ever increasing evil perpetrated by man, yet we are told that he is basically good. The natural man is blind to the true condition of humanity today. Because they have no spiritual understanding they cannot see their spiritual needs. Only God can open their eyes to see how wicked they really are. They cannot love God and His ways until they know Him personally for it is not in his nature to seek the Lord … “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18), therefore they are practical atheists being “without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12.)

Man refuses to worship God, yet sees nothing wrong with exalting himself. All who do not submit to Christ are gross idolaters. They are stamped with the image of Satan rather than of God. Here are a few signs to prove the point:

a) Pride of life. Pride is idolatry, for it always robs God of His glory. Everyone wants to be honoured and applauded regardless of the wickedness they involve themselves in. They think they are something if they have achieved position, wealth and education.

b) Stubbornness. The desire to have one’s own way despite the consequences. We sin and disobey God because we want to.

c) Love of the world. Man seeks happiness and contentment in the things of the world rather than in God. He seeks pleasure to gratify his human longings, yet see how he behaves like an animal rather than God’s special creation!

d) Desire of the eyes. Man wants everything he sees. The more covetous he is, the more evil he becomes.

Conclusion
Fallen man does not know the full extent of his depravity until he comes to Christ for salvation. It is not the few, or even the majority, that stand condemned before the Living God; it is every person on earth. He will become more perverse as he maintains that he is basically good. Biblical Christianity declares that all people are born in sin (with original sin); that by nature man is hostile towards God, and that he will not submit to His will.

The so-called ‘educated’ may ridicule the doctrine of original sin, but this only proves that they are as blind as the uneducated heathen and pagan. They will admit that man’s vices are often uncontrolled, but will never accept that it comes from the condition of the sinner’s heart. Instead they will blame it on society, the church, or the need of education.

It is impossible t be a Christian and reject the doctrine of original sin. Only by accepting it can we determine why Jesus Christ died for the sin o the world. Through His sacrificial blood salvation is offered to all who would repent. A new heart (cleansing the heart of original sin) is available to all. Can you see what Jesus spoke of the need to be “born again” (John 3)? He is able to change the old sinful nature to one that is holy and righteous … “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22.) God has the cure for the sin-sick heart. Accepting Christ as Saviour is the only sure way of purifying the soul. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20.)

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