What is the Primary Sin that So Easily Entangles Us?

April 5, 2019
Guidance, Sin

As believers, we want to be parented by our heavenly Father. We try to listen and sense God’s direction so we can mature as His children. Yet, we struggle with problems and frustrations. Too often, we do as we’ve always done and life continues to be confusing and complicated.

Why is this? What causes us, even as believers, to live as though we are trapped and held captive to the world’s ill attitudes and patterns? What compels us to disregard God’s insightful help and remain weighed down? What is the sin that so easily entangles us (a)? [See end notes for all Scriptures]

Sin’s First Occurrence

The Greek word ‘sin’ means ‘to miss.’ A sinner is one who misses the mark, the ideal goal. Who among us doesn’t occasionally miss the goal as a child of God and need restoring doses of God’s saving grace (b)? What an amazing gift! Even better, when we realize why we continue to miss the mark, our life experience can really improve.

Examining sin’s first occurrence helps in understanding the cause of our problems.

Examining sin’s first occurrence helps us understand the cause of our problems and see the solution. We start with God’s reason for creation. Desiring to father children, God designed and created the natural realm with its beginning and ending cycles, as a place to birth His offspring.

Our blog, “What Was God Thinking When He Made You?” digs into His intentional plan for us as highly valued children. God’s creative intention for our natural life includes a blend of spiritual realities. The first created man and woman were placed in the Garden of Eden where they experienced natural life and daily communication with God. This is where sin first occurred.

Dying in Our Choices

Sadly, even in that ideal environment, the first sin happened when Adam and Eve chose to turn away from God’s instruction. God had advised Adam to restrain from one activity, only one:

“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” (Genesis 2:16-17).

God’s caution in the Garden of Eden addressed an ongoing condition, not a one-time result.

The Hebrew text actually says: “…for during the time you partake you will be dying.” The caution was not a one-time consequence, it was an ongoing condition. Adam’s choice entrapped him and his descendants in the web of deathly perceptions, the experience of ‘good and evil’.

Choosing Natural Life Over Spiritual Life

Together, Adam and Eve ignored God’s guidance and chose to gain ‘wisdom’ from the knowledge of good and evil (c). Choosing to disregard God was the original act of sin. In doing so, they became more conscious of insights gained from good and evil experiences, than by spiritual insight.

Before separating from God, their life is described as unashamed, with no excuses, blame, or cover-up. However, separating from God’s influence turned their focus toward gaining wisdom from ‘trial and error.’ So they became more earthly minded than spiritual.

The original sin brought a perception of separation that still complicates our ability to hear and understand God’s will for our lives. Our first parents’ decision to gain wisdom from natural experiences clouded their perceptions and their quality of life immediately began to deteriorate. Living this natural life is not sinful. We are sinful because we are not receiving God’s guiding insights.

Living this natural life is not sinful. We are sinful when ignore our heavenly Father.

Most sins, if not all, are simply secondary effects of the original sin of ignoring God’s insightful guidance. Jesus spoke of people living by this focus—choosing natural wisdom over spiritual—as “the living dead,” alive but not really (d).

Repentance Releases Us

What is the solution? The original sin was followed by a lack of repentance, which kept them entangled in the error of separation. God removed them from the Garden (e) so they could see the effects of separation, and stir a desire to repent and return to His guidance.

A flaming sword was positioned between them and the Tree of Life. This is a visual for repentance. When we repent; the sword begins to cut away our entanglement to error and the flame cleanses the dross so we are able to live better lives (f).

Repentance releases us from living as ‘dead’ people, alive but not really.

Our lack of repentance is what keeps us captive to destructive thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Repentance releases us from our commitment to error and invites God to assist our deliverance. Remember, it is our fellowship with God that “saves our soul” from living as dead people (g).

God’s Better Way

God’s way of living in this natural world ‘includes’ our fellowship with Him as Father. His love for us, as offspring and as maturing children, is unlimited, unfailing, and unmatched by any example, other than Jesus Christ. Responding to God as our insightful Father transforms us from being mere offspring into the closeness of beloved children (h).

Our soul’s conscious awareness of spiritual realities remains subject to our choice. While we all fall short and sometimes way short, we can learn to be and do better. There’s no reason to remain weighed down by unhealthy worldly attitudes and patterns.

Fellowship with God’s presence helps release us from worldly attitudes and patterns.

Fellowship with God’s presence helps release us from the frustrations, complications, and confusions of natural life. Beyond this direct personal benefit, we also become better reflective resemblances of His love to those around us. This is truly a win-win choice!

a) Hebrews 12:1; b) Ephesians 2:5, 8; Titus 3:5; c) Genesis 3:6; d) Matthew 8:22; Luke 9:60; e) Genesis 3:22-24; f) 2 Corinthians 7:10; Hebrews 12:28-29; g) Ephesians 2:5-8; James 1:21; h) John 1:11-12; 14:6

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