This is the commonest question that always pops in our minds – “WHY DID GOD ALLOW SIN TO EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE?”
It did trouble me too, thinking why really God had to allow sin in this world. He could have easily destroyed that inclination in us or in the fallen angels, but He didn’t do that.
I studied further to find possibly TWO REASONS of the existence of SIN.
A. GOD DIDN’T WANT TO REDUCE US TO BE MERE ROBOTS
God created human beings with a free will, giving them the freedom to choose to exercise their own wishes. He created them as intelligent creatures possessing moral natures who could differentiate between right and wrong and choose the right one.
If God would have stopped human beings a second before their sin – which He could have easily – He would have violated their moral natures and reduced them to mere robots walking in His directions.
So God allowed sin to creep in and destroy His beautiful creation though the repercussions of sin were not taken back.
We had a week discussing about sin in brief and in details, yet I want to let you know few more facades of sin and how it traps us.
Prabhjot shared a video with me a couple of days ago about the now most talked about ‘Blue Whale Game’ and it was really disturbing for me while watching it.
The game goes on like this:
There are 50 tasks in the Blue Whale challenge. And nearly all of them involve waking up at a fixed time, 4:20am. After the wakeup call the second task is to tell your best friend you hate them. Each task has to be proved via Photographic evidence and submitted to an “administrator”. On day three, the teen is asked to watch a scary movie at midnight, usually “the ring”. Task four is complete when the teen makes his intent known to the outside world and updates his status to #IAMAWHALE. Alienation from society begins when they are tasked with watching scary movies through the day and listening to the audio files containing the sounds of breathing for up to three minutes that are sent to them by the administrators. It’s all a mind game until the self-harm begins. The teen is asked to cut the word “yes” or “F40” into their bodies to indicate that they are still in the game. At this stage most of them try to back out. But are usually blackmailed into continuing the game with the threat that personal information from their phones will be released to everyone to ensure that none of the teens begin to have doubts. The tasks now begin seeding the idea of suicide.
After jotting down the inscriptions shown in the video I found the exact picture how SIN entraps its prey. Let’s bring down those words which I marked in “bold” letters and find out how SIN really entraps or treats us.
Tasks – That’s the face of sin… beautiful and challenging because it engages us with its allurements and motivations
Time – Sin takes our time… It keeps us busy
Hate – Sin changes our original attribute of love
Evidence – Sin keeps every record of us
Submitted to an “administrator” – Sin dictates us
Known to the outside world – Sin exposes us
Alienation – Sin alienates us from our own selves
Breathing – Sin attacks our life
A mind game – Sin occupies our mind
Self-harm – Sin prompts us to harm our own-self
“Yes” – Sin makes us agree to it
Try to back out – We try to get rid of it, when we understand we are trapped
But – Sin doesn’t allow us to exit from its trap
Blackmailed – Sin blackmails us
Continuing the game – Sin forces us to continue the dirty game
Threat – Sin threatens us
Suicide – Sin finally kills us
Are you not terrified by this? I am very much.
I tried to go little deeper to find out the severity of sin and what it really can do to us. I found 9 metaphors of Sin mentioned in the Bible for our clear understanding of SIN and how dangerous it can be. They are as follows:
- Sin is POISONOUS like a viper – Think when we lie against each other, spread rumours, assassinate the character of our friends and others.
- Sin is STUBBORN like a mule – Think when we disobey our parents and teachers being so stubborn.
- Sin is CRUEL like a bear – Think how our plans are so devious and cruel when we plot against our own for a piece property or to get a name or fame.
- Sin is DESTRUCTIVE like a canker worm – Think how alcohol and sexual sins slowly eats us up.
- Sin is UNCLEAN like a wild dog – Think what we think and do when we are all alone in a dark room.
- Sin is CUNNING like a fox – Think when we scheme to harm someone and backbite
- Sin is FIERCE like a wolf – Think how sometimes we beat our children or friend in anger.
- Sin DEVOURS like a lion – Think how we murder with such brutality and become cold blooded.
- Sin is FILTHY like a swine – Think the sinfulness we are in which nobody knows except ‘me’ and ‘my God’.
The severity and nature of Sin is very clearly understood considering the self-explanatory features of the above mentioned animals and insect.
B. GOD ALLOWED SIN SO THAT HE CAN DISPLAY HIS LOVE AND GRACE
God allowed man to sin so that He might display His grace. He had been exhibiting all His attributes apart from His Grace before sin came into the picture.
Let’s consider the example of us as parents and elders when we encounter a similar situation when our children show tantrums to allow them something that we know is harmful for them. They plead for their freedom and because of our love for them we allow them liberty to follow their wishes keeping a close eye on them. But we present ourselves at the right time when they are in trouble caused by their freedom. We exhibit our love and grace as God had been doing for us all the time we cry unto Him when we go through sinful crisis, a crisis which Dulls our ears from listening to wise counsels of our God and elders, Darkens our eyes to see things clearly, Diverts our feet from the right path to wrong ones, Defiles our tongues to speak spew venom than blessing people, Deceives our hearts away from God, Devours our moral intellect to make us foolish and finally, Dooms our souls taking us away from His presence to hell.
God is always ready to SAVE us from our –
Sins of Ignorance when we don’t know what is wrong and right and we commit;
Sins of Infirmity when we do commit at times because of our weaknesses;
Sins of Carelessness that we commit out of our slackness and negligence;
Sins of Presumption when we do knowing what is right and wrong;
Unpardonable Sins when we rebelled against Him and deny Him of His existence.
He loves us and He waits for us when we will come near to HEAR His voice, plead for His HELP so that He can HEAL us from the severity of our sins. He is a loving God, He doesn’t force us for anything unless we surrender ourselves in His mighty hands.