You are forgiven

We hear about sin all the time. The LORD has a very firm stance on this (Romans 5:12). I do not subscribe to the original sin concept as I believe we are all responsible for our own mistakes. Simply upon analyzing the verse mentioned, we see that it says “by one man sin entered…”. We all have read or at least heard this story in the bible that the serpent tempted Eve (Genesis 3:6) so who is the man referenced here? Is Adam responsible since it was his rib that formed Eve so in essence, he was liable? I believe the man referenced here is speaking of mankind. Mankind brought sin into the world. We and the land created were once perfect until imperfection was found in us. Ezekiel 28:15 is often used for the accuser "Ha Satan" but it can be used for us as well.

The LORD’s creation is perfect. Man is formed in his image. Is the LORD perfect? Yes! Thus, we were once perfect. If we mount all the blame on Adam and say everyone is a sinner by default then why was Job perfect? (Job 1:1). Job was a regular human being like you and me. He had no sin in him when he lost everything. On the surface it looks like Job was punished but why would the LORD punish a perfect man? The LORD’s love for Job was always there as he returned his blessings ten times over in the end (Job 42:10). He was simply testing the love Job had for him. Job became frustrated and even questioned God but he did not sin (Ephesians 4:26).

What we deem as judgement or punishment is not solely tied to sin. Yes, sin is worthy of judgement but the LORD rains on the just and unjust (Matthew 5:45). The LORD knows we sin. It does not make him happy but in spite of this he made a way for us (John 14:6). Yes, all have sinned before and will because that is simply the nature of man (Romans 3:23). More often that not we follow our heart rather than God’s wisdom and our heart is often deceptive (Jeremiah 17:9). We tried but we can’t make ourselves perfect. The LORD gave us a law but we didn’t want to follow it and even when we did we missed the mark (Romans 8:3). Perfection is tough. It becomes even tougher when society shows us perfection as having perfect physical features, intellect and a big bank account.

So, we have a perfect God and man that was created perfect but falls to imperfection in chasing the desires of his heart. How do we know our desires align with God's? Test the spirit(Galatians 5:17-25). If our nature is to sin, the LORD could simply wipe us all away as in the days of Noah and Lot. Glory be to God, this is not his will (2 Peter 3:9). This is his forgiveness. Jesus Christ showing the way and being put to death all so that we may understand the power of love. Love overcomes a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). God’s love for us meant he overlooks our sins IF we follow his example. We all sin. We try hard sometimes but fall short in even the slightest ways and feel bad. The world taught us to run from it. That we needed an escape. There is no need to run, there is no need to feel guilt or shame. Jesus Christ took all that shame upon him.

God told us in the spirit then showed us in the flesh. He told us the truth even though it wasn't what we wanted to hear then showed us the truth even though we didn't want to see. The parable of the rich young ruler asks us to give up the things we cherish in this world (Matthew 19:16-24). Why? He loved us enough to warn us where they lead (Matthew 6:24). Jesus Christ loves us even more than we love ourselves (Luke 23:34). All he asks in return is that you follow him (John 10:27). He did not take sin out of the world. Once the devil is around, sin is not going anywhere. Jesus Christ simply took away it’s power over us and whom the son set free is free indeed (John 8:36). He forgave you. Now go and sin no more (John 8:11).