a drawing of Eve taking the fruit from the tree and handing it to Adam in the Garden of Eden

The Virus You Can’t Escape – And The Costly Cure

In Articles, Faith, New Life Articles by John Lancaster1 Comment

The Infection of Sin

It was first discovered in a newly-wed couple enjoying their honeymoon in an exotic location. He was an ‘alpha male’ (in the purest sense of that term); she was a woman of flawless loveliness. Together, they were a couple of perfect human beings lovingly walking hand in hand in a setting of breathtaking beauty. In the cool of the day, their heavenly Father walked and talked with them and blessed them. Everything in the garden was lovely – until the serpent emerged from the undergrowth and struck the fatal blow.

Everybody’s got it

The story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (Genesis chapters 2 and 3) is not just a fable; it is a vivid account in picture language of how the virus of sin infected the human race. The serpent, a symbolic name for Satan, the enemy of God, determined to destroy this beautiful couple. In doing so he coiled around their minds, appealing to their self-esteem, telling them that the safety limits God had placed in the garden were an infringement of their rights, aimed at restricting their freedom to achieve their personal dreams of self-achievement.

Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lies, took of the forbidden fruit and the serpent’s fangs closed, releasing the deadly venom of sin into the bloodstream of their spiritual and physical life.

From there it went viral! The infection passed to their children, increasing its spread until it became a pandemic. As the Bible says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” And again: “There is none righteous, no not one.” And yet again: “Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.”

This article was taken from the Spring 2020 digital issue of New Life Newspaper.

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  1. I am studying afresh the Book of Genesis Chapters 1-11 so I found this article by John very helpful. Thankyou

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