Surprisingly, this three-letter word is on the whole more horrifying, vulgar and foul than all of the so-called four-letter words combined. Ask any agnostic who has ever been chased through a stadium parking lot by a lunatic waving a Bible and a tract what they think of the word, and they will begin to tremble, turn red and start using some of the aforementioned choice four-letter words.
Origin of Sin
Somewhere, lost in the abuses and accusations now associated with the word, there is a concept that sheds much light on why the world we find ourselves stuck in is such a terrifying and rough place. Sin made its infamous entry into the world when a man and a woman in the distant past were persuaded by a tawdry snake to believe they could be greater than the God who created them.
Once the man and woman, known from this point forward as Adam and Eve, determined they could in fact become greater than the God of the universe, their act of high treason set off a chain reaction that made them completely unable to make any other decision on their own than decisions to rebel against God. It also destroyed their relationship with God, who prior to their poor choice paid Earth a visit more than once every couple of millennia. The chain continued to destroy mankind’s relationship with animals and the very earth for every subsequent generation to come.
More Than An Action
This sin left in its wake the destruction of every action, every word, every thought and every intention of human beings. Unfortunately, most Christians today believe that one can only sin if alcohol or condoms are involved. The conventional wisdom, or lack thereof, is that “sin” is an action.
This is not, however, at all the case. While actions play some role, true sin is actually more akin to a degenerative disease that all human beings are born with than it is an isolated incident induced by a cheap bottle of Scotch. Some would even argue that to separate man from his sin would be like removing Internet Explorer from Microsoft Windows. Sure, it might work better and create a more user-friendly experience, but the operating system itself can’t seem to cope without it’s built-in inferiority.
Mankind has a terminal illness called sin. No medicine or action of man is capable of curing it, and this is the most tragic reality of all time. It is the source of all struggle, all war, all starvation and all attempts at quenching our unquenchable thirst for more. It is the reason we feel we never measure up.
It is a condition that can only be healed once God’s mysterious and unknown plan has run its complete course. In the meantime, man has gone and created miracle cures, mystic philosophies, new religions with strict rule books, 12 step programs, drugs and mixed drinks to ease the pain caused by this most deadly and destructive of all illnesses.
In summary, we are stuck with sin. It is not an action, but a reality that impacts all aspects of life. The matter, though brought upon us by selfishness and pride, is in God’s hands and has in the quirkiness of God’s time already been dealt with. The best we can do is mark time and learn to make the world we have had no small part in destroying a better place until it is re-created by perfect hands.