Why do we sin? Why is Paul right in saying that when I want to do good, wickedness is always present? We used to say, “the devil made me do it.” Truth is that the real blame lies more in who we are as humans. We are images, flawed imitations of the original. Fortunately, the Original has blessed us with a means to make up for our deficiencies and to seek a more complete way of life.
STOP BLAMING SNAKES
1. Introduction: Don’t blame the snake
The snake is only subtle, not forceful (3:1)
It could only spit game, not force anyone to play
We may have bad influences, but it is our choice to act
2. Propositional Statement: Because we are created only in the image of
God, we are subject to make wrong choices.
3. Relevant Question: What is it about human nature that leads us into
making wrong choices?
A) Want of sustenance
– she wasn’t hungry, she just wanted
– control what you want like Jesus did
B) Sensual delight
– she relied on a sense without sense
– good sense gives protection
C) Ambition for betterment
– desire without divine direction
– always seek divine destination
Human nature is a life that leads to death.
– flawed communion with each other
– broken relationship with God
Spiritual nature is a life that leads to eternal life
– Jesus was human enough to live among us
– Jesus was divine enough to live beyond us