The Sin Channel

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)

Like it or not, here’s the scoop: A long time ago, the first guy flipped off God and did his own thing. Not a good thing. But the worst part is that the result of his dumb move is that you get to die for it. Here’s how it works:

That’s pretty much the deal. Because Adam, the first human, totally screws up, his newly wacked genetic code gets passed down to Adam’s kids, his grandkids, his great grandkids, his great great grandkids, his great great great grandkids, his great great great great grandkids, his great great great great great grandkids, great great great great great great grandkids—all the way down to you, which isn’t all that great of a deal, if you ask me.

How that actually happens isn’t all that clear. It’s a kind of spiritual genetics thing. Adam sins and one of his moral genes mutates, switching from good to bad. The result is that every human after Adam inherits the sin gene. This explains why everybody on the planet since Adam has been, to a greater or lesser degree, a pain in the ass. It also explains the death thing.

Identifying the trespass-carrying culprit has been a challenge. There are some promising guesses, though. Here’s one candidate for the elusive Gene of Wickedness:

Maybe, maybe not. Still, it’s obvious that something dysfunctional has been passed down to you. (Don’t get me started.) But the really bad news is that you’re going to die for it. Bummer.

Now you can blame Adam all you want, but that’s not going to get you out of being dead. You can even deny that you inherited the sin gene at all. But dead is dead. Besides, you’re a good enough sinner in your own right. Why bring Adam into it? He may have started the ball rolling, but you picked it up and turned sin into a personal art form.

Good job, by the way.





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