The Lineage of Sin and Death
Grand Canyon University�
As Christians, we believe that God has a plan and that the death of Jesus was for the benefit of humankind. Jesus said he had to suffer and die as he had been sent on a mission of self-sacrifice. So he had not come to lord it over people, rather, he had come to serve; and he had come to sacrifice his life - a sort of ransom - to benefit people. Mk 10:41-45 �
Adam and Eve started the working of death in all humans to follow. It does not only mean a physical death, which is sickness, aging and eventually dying of the body. It is also and first spiritual death, separation from God, loss of ability to hear Him or to understand and know His nature with His ways. In like manner everyone who regularly practices sin cannot be in the fellowship with God and will surely end up in Hell if he does not repent, decide to turn the other direction. That is a law that cannot be changed. The Grace of God in Jesus does not work against this law or despite of it but with it, that Grace gives you the power to go in different direction. It does not mean that you will never do anything wrong. It means that you will not live in sin. Teachers of perverted Grace tell you it is impossible but Jesus told you: "With man it is impossible but with God all things are possible." Do not listen to men, listen to God. Do not allow yourself to indulge in living in sin, He will set you free, and you will be free indeed!
Death revealed in the Bible has two meanings, physical death, and spiritual dearth.
Spiritual dearth: Once he committed a grave sin, now he committed it his soul immediately stepped in the realm of spiritual death. However, after he converted and paid in full damages result from his gave sin, he stepped in the realm of life, or in the realm where God reigns.
Physical death: Human live on earth is journey of learning and earns good deeds for souls while on earth and after earthly life. Therefore without exception, all human physical bodies must die.
After human physical bodies died, their souls will have whether inherit eternal lives in Kingdom of Heaven or lose them are depending on their earthly lives, and their spiritual inheritance from their parents and their ancestors.
In some cases, the relationship between sin and death is rather obvious. Some sins in some situations lead directly or indirectly to death. Sex with multiple partners (sin) is a great way to get STD's, some of which can eventually cause or contribute to death. A life of crime (sin) may end up getting you killed (death) by a fellow criminal, police officer, self-defending citizen, or state-sponsored execution.
In other sins and situations, the connection is less clear, but we know from the Bible that "the wages of sin is death." It is from the very first sin (committed by Adam and Eve) that we came to have temporary life as human beings. A result of sin entering into the world and poisoning the human race is that we age and eventually die. In addition, a guilty conscience is a common factor in suicide.
However, so far I have only been talking about physical death. There is a much vaster (and more important) type of death: spiritual.
If the wages of sin include spiritual death (which indeed they do: if the blood of Christ does not cleanse you, you are condemned to hell when your time comes) then those who live in sin will experience spiritual death in both the present life and the afterlife. In the present life, those who are spiritually dead do not hear God speak to their hearts. They ignore Him, and He does not hear their prayers (unless they are prayers of repentance from a changing heart). The spiritually dead wander aimlessly through life with no real sense of purpose and typically engage in varying degrees of self-destruction both consciously and unconsciously.
However, to be without sin (by Christ's gift of salvation) makes one...