We have established the fact that sin displeases God. He punished Adam and Eve and put them out of the garden, yet He gave them a promise of a Saviour to come. It was over 4000 years before Jesus came. During this time they offered a Lamb, which was a type of Jesus, as a sacrifice for their sins. Today Jesus is our Saviour.
Let us note that in the 21st verse in Gen. 3, God killed an animal and made Adam and Eve “coats of skin” to wear. It says that God “clothed them.” Clothed means “to cover.” Here we find that it is a command for us to wear clothing. Paul in the New Testament tells us to dress in modest apparel. (I Tim. 2:9). In other words we are to be clothed. It is still a sin to go without decent clothing today as it was in the Garden of Eden.
Now one thing that God showed me in my search, was that because Adam and Eve sinned, that sin passed down upon all the human race. Adam was created holy and pure but when he sinned, he lost that purity. When he had a son, the Bible tells us that his son was “after his [Adam’s] image” or had the principle of sin within him. (Gen. 5:3). The Apostle Paul tells us “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death [spiritual death] by sin; and so death [or spiritual separation from God] passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12. We see that every child who is born has that sin principle within him. “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psa. 51:5. Then we read in the Bible in another place where it says, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” Psa. 58:3. Thus the Bible explains that children are born with a bent, or inclination, toward sin, but if they die without first coming to a knowledge of sin, they are saved through Jesus’ blood. There comes a time in a child’s life when he knows he has sinned. He understands it and then he is responsible. The Apostle Paul says, “sin is not imputed [or charged or ascribed] when there is no law [or understanding].” Romans 5:13.
Now you have come to the time in life when you are responsible. You know what sin is. I remember when I realized that I had sinned. I had a big imagination but the time came when I knew the difference between imagining things and telling lies. The Bible says that “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.” Rev. 21:8. So telling lies is wrong and is a sin, as well as many other things that we will mention later.
When we realize that we have sinned and know that sin will keep us away from living in eternity in the presence of God, we are filled with sorrow. First, we do not want to be cast into the “lake of fire,” nor be with the devil and his angels as Jesus has warned. He spoke of those being “cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:44.