Sin of Good
By Mike Rule


Here is a thought based upon what God showed us in Genesis 2 and 3.  Scripture makes it clear that a child of God is not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  We are to avoid both; therefore, both must be equally sinful and harmful.  If God punishes us for sin, then He would have to punish us for striving to be good as well as doing evil!  Sin cannot be the issue.  In fact, it isnít.  John the Baptist said so clearly that Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  In reality, sin is its own punishment.  If I dabble in wrongdoing from either side of the tree, I am miserable because I attempting to cut myself off from my Source of life, which is the very person of Jesus Christ (The Tree Of Life).  Anything taken out of its source is corrupt.  Eating from the good side of the tree (good without God as the source) is as wicked as eating from the evil side.


Verses for Reflection

The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die." Genesis 2:16-17 HNV 


Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-collector.  The Pharisee stood and prayed within himself in this way: God, I thank You that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector.  I fast twice on the Sabbath, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And standing afar off, the tax-collector would not even lift up his eyes to Heaven, but struck on his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner!  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself shall be abased, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.  Luke 18:10-14 MKJV 


Now we know that whatever things the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God.  Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.   Romans 3:19-20 HNV 


On the morrow, John sees Jesus coming toward him and said, Behold! The Lamb of God, taking away the sin of the world! John 1:29 LITV 


And by Him all who believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses.   Acts 13:39 MKJV 


Knowing that a man is not justified by works of Law, but that it is through faith in Jesus Christ (we also believed into Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of Law, because all flesh will not be justified by works of Law). Galatians 2:16 LITV 



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