Zombies are scary. While trying to find a zombie pic for this article, my wife couldn’t even look at them! Fortunately, they aren’t real. Or are they?
We’ll get to that in a minute.
My last article was about God’s holiness. Today, let’s discuss the problem of sin and its terrible consequences.
In Leviticus 20, God said, “Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.” God is the standard. He demands moral uprightness in His children because He is holy.
While holiness is possible, there’s a barrier in the way. God hates sin (Habakkuk 1:13), and it separates us from Him (Isaiah 59:2). This separation is spiritual death.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. As a result, they died that very day—not physically, but spiritually. The same is true for us when we sin.
Sadly, countless people in the world are dead in their sins. They’re alive physically but dead spiritually—the living dead! Spiritual zombies! And they have no idea.
This could be you.
Sin is a universal problem!
Is physical death also a consequence of sin? Yes, but it isn’t caused by our own individual sin. It’s caused by Adam and Eve’s sin.
God said to Adam afterward, “You are dust, and when you die, you will return to the dust.” Physical death occurs because we live in a fallen world and not in Paradise.
Let’s move now from the consequences of sin to the price of sin.
When you break the law of the land, there’s a price to pay. Depending on the crime, that price could be a ticket, capital punishment, or anything in between. What’s the price for breaking God’s law? Life!
This passage demonstrates that God is serious about sin. We should be too. Someone has to die because of it.
The question is: Who deserves to die for my sin? I do! I deserve death!
We all do!
This means mankind is in a desperate situation. We have broken God’s law, separating us from Him. As a result, the price of death hangs over our head. We cannot, however, pay that price ourselves and still live.
Is there any hope? What is the remedy? We’ll answer these questions in my next article.