“Sin is deadly”Categories: Christian Principles
Sin is deadly
It was 1987 in Brazil, some children who were playing in a junkyard found a silver metal container. Someone cracked it open to reveal the most exquisite blue, round blob nesting inside. It was different from anything they had ever seen. It glowed even in the daylight!
Before long, a crowd had gathered to look at the glowing ball. Everybody wanted to hold this odd substance. One man dipped his finger in it and wrote his initials on his bare chest. Another couple of people played catch with it like it was a ball. Another man worked the pliable ball into various shapes while the crowd around him laughed.
Later that day, strange symptoms began to appear on the bodies of all the people who had touched the blue blob. Each person began to feel chilled, feverish, and generally weak. Every bit of skin that had come into contact with this glowing glob had burn marks. Within 24 hours the man who had written his initials on his chest had deep burns etched into his skin.
After some investigation, it was discovered that the canister had been stolen from an abandon hospital and sold to the junkyard. The contents had at one time been used to save lives by treating cancer. The highly radioactive material was never intended to be touched by human hands. Within a week all the people who had handled the radioactive material either died or were very sick. (Taken from Conspiracy of Kindness, by Steve Sjogren. For more info. on this story go to https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/accidental-poisoning-in-brazil)
As I read this story, I could not help but think how this incident with the radioactive material is much like sin. Humans were not designed to deal with it, yet we see in Gen. 3 that Adam and Eve, along with Satan introduced sin into our world. Now people are fascinated with sin’s pleasure, gratification, and excitement just as those people in Brazil with the radioactive material; yet not knowing what they were playing with. Then disaster hits those who continue to play with sin, they get the disease, a broken relationship, a lost job, or hundreds of other ill effects. Rom. 6:23 tells us that the ultimate problem with sin is that it causes spiritual death.
Rom. 6:23 continues and reminds us that Jesus Christ came to rescue us from our sin and gives us eternal life. Jesus had to give His life for us by dying on the cross for our sins. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
God will save and give eternal life to those who place their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins, this is where we begin our new life in Christ and die to sin (Rom. 6:1-6). Christ will continue to cleanse us from sin as we continue to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).
Sin like radioactive material is dangerous, lets follow Jesus so we will not suffer from eternal death. Think about it! Mark T. Tonkery