WHAT CAUSES PEOPLE TO SIN?

Man was not created to sin.  He was created in the image and likeness of God and God is a Spirit—Genesis 1:26 – 27.   Adam was as pure as God is pure.  As I have previously pointed out, man was given a spirit but he needed a body to house his spirit.   All decisions he made were influenced by his spirit which was connect to God and he walked with God.  Genesis 2:18 tells us God made Eve from Adam’s rib because he needed a companion.  They both had never sinned and they lived in the garden naked.  I believe that Adam and Eve never had physical relationships prior to eating the forbidden fruit.

God knew what they would do if He told them not to eat of the fruit.  God wanted them to know the difference between good and evil because when they sinned God said: Genesis 3:22 – “And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” Does this verse imply there are certain foods that can allow man to live forever?  Otherwise, why would God ban them from the garden and made sure they would never be able to enter again.  What are we going to eat during Christ’s 1,000 years of reign on earth?

Once the fruit was taken the Bible tells us in Genesis 4:1 & 2 – Once they knew good and evil, Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.”  Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.”

I believe: It was not until their bodies became lustful and sought physical pleasures that would please their bodies, did they make love.  Until then, when the spirit had complete control, there was no desire to sin or urge to please one’s body sexually.  This was not a surprise to God for He foreknows all things.  From the very beginning, God planned for Christ’s crucifixion

It was not until man’s spirit became disconnect from God because of their disobedience was there sin.  From then on the body, created to hold his spirit, fought for control of man’s mind and in making his decisions.  Man found, pleasing the body was gratifying.  Satan found it much easier to tempt man as it was easy to overcome the spirit’s will and yield to the body’s desires. 

When man allowed the spirit to control, he was frugal, lived a holy life and did things in moderation.  What the body wanted to do was party and live, allowing excesses, trying to satisfy the body’s urges for pleasures.  The mind had to decide between the spirits wishes and the body’s desires.  It is the body’s cravings that instigate sin. 

The Ten Commandments were given for man to control his selfish desires and his need to control.  Keeping the laws was meant to control man’s body excesses, his lustful desires and selfish goals.  The spirit, given by God, emphasized a need for man to live with a loving heart.  The body overwhelms humans.

Adam and Eve’s sin caused them to be separated from God.  God knew that the only way for man to live as He intended, was to provide a way back for man to reconnect his spirit with God’s spirit as in the beginning.  His plan was to have His Son be crucified and be resurrected so that the Holy Spirit could be made available to anyone accepting Christ as his Savior.  Once the Holy Spirit entered man, He provided the assistance needed for man to overcome the body’s lusts, its needs to party and evil desires. The new man learned to live a more frugal life as he wanted to please God rather than promote self aggrandizement.   However, each Disciple still has to deal daily with the body’s urges.  It is through the Holy Spirit that we must develop our connection and relationship with God and Christ. 

What causes people to sin?  There are many answers.  Primarily, we give in to the body’s desire that wants worldly pleasures and ignore the urging of the Holy Spirit to do what we know God would have us do by being frugal in everything.

Frugal means to live in moderation and under control.  Living frugally would also mean not spending more than one makes.  Limiting one’s excesses that could lead to sinning! 

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