Man, a Fallen Creature
“God made man upright”, declared the preacher. But how he has fallen from that state of lofty morality, noble rectitude and sinless innocence!
The Biblical story of the Fall is in fact, not fiction. God made man in His own image - pure, rational, free. A test of obedience - the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil - established man’s power to choose and marked him out as morally responsible for his actions. Adam deliberately chose to despise God’s way and follow his own. He partook of the forbidden fruit, he sinned - and fell, dragging an unborn race with him.
Adam’s sin has affected the whole of mankind. “Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death spread to the whole human race, because all men sinned.” Our first parents brought shame and loss to us all. Their defection has infected the entire world of men. “All we like sheep have gone astray.” “There is no man that sinneth not.” “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” How clear is the Bible on this point! Is not this the basic reason for the mess the world is in today? Human nature is distorted by sin, the image of God defaced, the human life enslaved by lust and pride. But God who made man can re-make him. The prayer, “God be merciful to me a sinner”, is always answered when uttered in sincerity.
Scripture references: Ecclesiastes 7:29; Mark 7:21,22; Genesis.1:26-31; 3:1-7; Genesis 9:6; James 3:9. Rom. 5:12(TEV); Isaiah 53:6; 2 Chronicles. 6:36; Rom. 3:23; Luke 18:13.
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