Why Do People Sin?

   Turn on the news, sin is abound. Sin is prevalent in society and the Church, it would see, is not absent. Recently the Catholic Church has been making headlines regarding the one thousand children sexually abused. Close to me outside the Catholic faith, a Protestant church made local headlines of children having been sexually abused by a Sunday School teacher. And it is nothing to turn on the news to find reports of murder, etc... Personally, I do not watch the news much any longer. It is depressing and I can find better things to do with my time. Why do people sin anyway? I would like to propose just a couple suggestions:

1. Their desire for the deeds of the flesh is more than their desire for God.
       Let's take it back to the first time sin entered the world - Genesis 3:6. If you know your Bible Adam and Eve come to mind. Genesis 3:6 states, "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate." Sin occurred because what they delighted in they desired more than obeying God. Their delight was more in what they saw in the fruit of the tree and how it could benefit them instead of delighting themselves in God. So, when our desire is greater for the things our flesh delights in rather than in our desire to obey and delight ourselves in God, sin is present.
    When someone desire's to delight himself in sexual immorality more than to delight himself in God, sin will not be absent. When someone desire's to delight themselves in an adulterous affair instead of delighting their-selves in God, sin will occur. When someone desire's to delight themselves in their lust for the deeds of their flesh rather than delighting themselves in God, sin will not be far behind. So, simply put, sin occurs when we delight ourselves more in the desire's of our flesh rather than our desire for God.

2. No fear of God.
   Fast forward a bit after God had delivered Israel from Egypt. The nation of Israel finds themselves at the mountain of Sinai. This is where Moses received the Ten Commandments. After receiving these Exodus 20:18 records thunder, flashes of lightning, the sound of trumpets and Mt. Sinai appeared to be smoking. The whole nation observed this, and it is recorded the people who witnessed this were "afraid and trembled". So afraid in fact, they were afraid for their lives.
   This was the point to God's thunderous appearance that day. In fact this is what Moses told the people, "Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin." (Ex. 20:20) The point of God appearing as He did that day to Israel was to cause them to fear Him, why? That Israel "may not sin." When fear of God is present sin is absent, on the other hand, when fear of God is absent sin is present.
   Why do people murder? No fear of God. Why do people these day forego honoring their parents? No fear of God. Why do people commit adultery? No fear of God. Why do people steal? No fear of God. Why do people lie? No fear of God. When people do not fear God and His judgment, there is no reason not to commit these things God sees displeasing. No fear of God equates to sin.


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