Since an accurate understanding of sin helps keep our expectations much more realistic, a study of human depravity keeps us from being too easily discouraged by the behavior of people…Those who misunderstand the problem of sin will inevitably misunderstand its solution in the gospel, as false teachers throughout history have demonstrated.
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”
Eve may have misunderstood God’s prohibition, but more importantly, she misunderstood God…Eve misunderstood that fundamental principle, falling prey to the decpetion James [James 1:16-17] warned about. Listening to the serpent, she apparently concluded that the fruit of the tree could still be good even if it did not come from God.
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
By encouraging her to transfer her trust from God to himself, the serpent helped institute a rebellion that overturned the order of creation…Pride works hand-in-hand with unfaith, contributing the self-interest that makes unbelief seem reasonable.
Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life was precious in your sight this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have committed a serious error.”
For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard…
The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.
“…sin is not merely wrong acts and thoughts, but sinfulness as well, an inherent inner disposition inclining us to wrong acts and thoughts. We are not simply sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners…the essence of sin is simply failure to let God be God.”
“ … For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.“