In the beginning...

In the beginning when God made human beings, he made them perfect and good and sinless. He wanted us to be his friends and look after the earth.

God did not make people robots or machines. He gave us a precious gift, free will, to choose between right and wrong, good and bad. He did not want to force us to love him. He wanted us to love him freely.

But people chose to disobey God; they chose wrong. They preferred to please themselves rather than God. They sinned. And so sin entered the world. It is a disease we all have because 'all have sinned' (Romans 3:23).

What sin is

Evil, wrong and sin are there in the life of everyone born into the world. We see this in all the hatred and violence, greed and selfishness in the world. We see it as we look at our own lives, if we are really honest with ourselves. It is a part of our very nature. I sin when I come short of God's standard. 'All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.'

If the pass mark for an exam is 50 and you get 49 marks, you have failed. If someone else gets 5 marks, he has failed too. It is no good you saying 'I did much better than the one who got 5.'

You have both failed.

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