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If the Bible is true , then we should draw our conclusions from
what is written in it. Most Christians donít do this because they
donít believe what the Bible says. For example, the Bible says
there is a cause and effect relationship between an act of sin and
a physical consequence on the material universe. This is how it
came about after the first sin ever committed:
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the
voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I
commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the
ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days
of thy life.
This cause and effect relationship is as inseparably linked as
gravity and dawnís early light. You donít get the second without
the first. If sin has a real, material-world effect, then the
consequences of sin should be accepted as unavoidable. Recall
that before sin entered the world, there was no suffering, pain,
or death. Everything bad that has happened since is the result
of our own bad behavior.
That adds up to a lot of bad. If we believe the Bible, it becomes
easy to see why God hates sin. If we donít believe the Bible, we
are like the distracted boy that throws a baseball straight up and
then forgets about it. Should he curse God for the resulting lump
on his head? If we donít believe the Bible, then we ask
questions like, ďwhy do bad things happen to good peopleĒ? If
we believe the Bible, then the answer is obvious. By the way,
this is what the Bible says about good people:
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
There is none good but one, that is, God.
The Apostle Paul explains it simply and concisely:
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
Most Christians donít believe Paul or most other essential Bible
doctrines. Because they donít believe, they often provide
convoluted answers for why sin is bad. More often than not,
their answers suggest that some sins arenít so bad. A believing
preacher was heard to say, ďjust because the creek is muddy,
doesnít mean itís deepĒ.