Why is it that even with the best intentions, we find it so difficult to do what is right? The answer lies in understanding our sinful state.
Sin is disobeying God's commands, rebelling against His statutes, knowing the right thing and not doing it, and falling short of His glory. In Genesis 2:16-17, God commanded Adam that he must not eat from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, but Adam and Eve committed the first sin when they disobeyed and ate from the tree.
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, every human has been born with a sinful nature called "original sin," a term coined by Augustine of Hippo (345-430). Original sin is the consequence of Adam and Eve's first sin, it means that we have a sin nature even before we can actually do anything sinful, and it is the source of all our actual sin.
In Concise Theology, J.I. Packer gives a clear summary, "We are not sinners because we sin, but rather we sin because we are sinners, born with a nature enslaved to sin." This week, we look at the Bible's teaching on original sin. It is a serious, sobering doctrine, but, as always, the Bible, does not leave us without hope!