The Origin of Sin?

The origin of sin, as far as the first sin ever, was in heaven. We catch a glimpse of Satan’s fall in the following passage, prophetically directed at the king of Tyre, but in this portion, apparently meant to include someone apart from humanity (specifically referred to as a cherub) who had been in the Garden of Eden, the prophecy turns into a description of an angel, namely Lucifer:

“You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in thee.” (Ezekiel 28:14–15)

What was the first sin? We learn about it and Satan’s fall from Isaiah 14:12–15:

“How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

It is obvious from the text that Satan’s sin was pride. He was so beautiful, so wise, and so powerful as an angel that he began to covet God’s position and authority. He chafed at having to serve God and grew angry and rebellious. He did not want to serve, he wanted to be served; he, as a creature, wanted to be worshipped. “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” (Revelation 12:7-9) So, we find Satan, once an angel, now fallen, on earth. The first sin then, as far as on earth, committed by man, is accredited to Adam. Though Eve is in all actuality the first to fall for the lies of Satan (the fallen angel, Lucifer), the blame is set upon Adam, as he is the head, therefore bearing the brunt of responsibility. We see this, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12) So we can see the origin of sin, in how it played out, we can trace it back to the first one, that is the very first sin, but what is really hard to understand is, “How could this happen?” or “Why did this happen?”. What is underlying all of this? How could the most beautiful of angels rebel against God. How could an angel whom is created good, and beautiful, and right, who lives in and abides in the presence of God, sin? I mean, why would he want to? And where does that inclination, that want or desire to sin come from? It’s not like Lucifer was created part good, and part bad, and there was this battle going on inside of him, for which he had to choose or make a choice on which path to follow. No. Lucifer was create as good. So where does the desire for wrong come from? It’s not like there was a separate force of evil existing apart from God prior to this. And in God there is no such thing as evil, or wrong, or sin. God is perfectly just, and holy, and right, and good, with no sin dwelling in him whatsoever. "there is no sin in him.” (1 John 3:5) "The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. (Deuteronomy 32:4) This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true (Psalm 18:30) The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds. (Psalm 145:17) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. (James 1:13)

So where does this idea of rebellion in Lucifer come from? How does this pride rise up in him? That is a question I do not believe anyone can give an answer for. Now, much the same could even be said of Adam Eve. Everything was good and right when they were created. After each day of creation, God declares it is good. When all is done on day 6, he even declares it is ‘very good’. Adam and Eve are even created in God’s image. They have everything going for them. Living in a perfectly good world, created in the image of God, even enjoying fellowship, and communion with God, yet they sin. Why? How? Where would this desire come from? With them, at least we can point to a temptation. Satan tempted them. But still, why would the temptation from Satan even be tempting? They had conceivably everything they would want. I mean, even look at the temptation, “ For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Satan says to them, “Oh God just doesn’t want you to be like him”. What, they were already like him, that is they were already created in his image. Maybe the actual temptation was to be equal to God. I don’t know, it says, “God knows if you eat it, you will be ‘like’ him” not “God knows that if you eat it, you will be ‘equal’ to him” But either way, why would that even tempting? It says, that if they eat it, they would know good from evil. Well, they already know good from evil. God has told them that they are to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it”. God has already told them, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” So doing what God has told them to do, and not doing what God has told them not to do is good. And not doing what God has told them to do, and doing what God has told them not to do is evil. They are knew this. There we have it. They already knew good and evil, and they were already created in the image of God. So why was the temptation of Satan even tempting? And how was it even tempting if they were created good in every way, even morally? That part of the origin of sin, I believe is an utter mystery. We can see the origin of sin, first with Lucifer and then with Adam and Eve, but so much of it doesn’t make sense. But then again, do we or should we focus so much of how it came about. I mean, how could it, it doesn’t make sense, but that exactly, it did come about. And now the world is in utter turmoil. Not hopeless, yet nevertheless in utter turmoil. We see stranger things come about everyday. That, and the fallenness of the world, does not in now way negate the fact, that the solution to sin, and all the horridness of it, is going to be and is 10,000,000 x’s more wonderful than the problem. Jesus Christ, who is the solution and the goal of all history, overshadows the problem in all ways, especially those who are willing, and have been brought to belief, that to focus on the problem of sin, more than focusing on him, the solution for it, makes more nonsense than where the whole idea of where sin could have come from to begin with. We know one thing, that sin is cosmic treason against God, and that what it promises it never delivers. Sin causes us to not know the difference between good and evil. And sin causes us to be more un-like God than we could eve imagine. Don’t fall for the lie of sin. Fall for the glory of God. “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (1 Corinthians 1:20) The Bible says that, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9) That is what we are to focus on. The Bible says that whatever we are going through here, what awaits us is a far exceeding weight of glory”. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) The glory awaiting is so far surpassing, that it will far and away make all the pain and hurts experienced here, worth every second. To those who love God, this is the worst things will ever be. The the child of God, best is always yet to come. All things truly are working together for our good, for the good of those who love God. (Romans 8:28) We can say this, and know it’s true. Because Jesus bore the brunt of the penalty of sin for us. But to those who don’t love God, who haven't been brought into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who still must bear the penalty of their own sin themselves, this life, that sometimes can be good, yet is often filled with pain and sorrow is truly the best things will ever be for you. My friends, don’t fall for the lies of sin and Satan. Trust in Jesus Christ, and give your life, your all to him today. Exchange back the lie trusted in so long ago, and walk in freedom as a child of God, not freedom from hurt in this world, but more than that, freedom from the idea that this world is all there is. There is a God. You are not him. Walk in the freedom of how you were originally created. Walk in fellowship and submission to the Lord who owns you. But once again, more than that, walk in fellowship and submission to the Lord God who died for you, who loved you and gave himself for you, so that he could buy you back from the slave pit of slavery (sin). “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21) Sin is horrible. Yes it is. Turn on the news, or walk into any hospital, or any prison on any given day, and we see the affects so rampantly staring us back in the face. But sin will not have the last say so, Jesus will. Will he have the last say so in your life? One day, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phlippians 2:10-11). Will you do this willingly now or unwillingly later? If you are unwilling, I pray with everything in me, that God would make you willing. That he would soften your heart, and not leave you to yourself and to your own devices. God can do this. I know he can. He did it for me. There is joy to be had and strength for the journey to be found in Jesus. Find it, won’t you today. Like I said, the origin of sin, in a sense, is a mystery. Why? In so many ways it is so stupid. But we are not left without hope. And everything is not out of control. There is a God who has not left us to ourselves. The solution is 10,000 x’s better. Come to him! You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

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