Since the fall of Adam and Eve human beings have faced quite a predicament, but Christ’s dying on the cross at Calvary has saved us. The problem with our first parents’ downfall led to the fall of humanity. Moral evil (sin) has entered the world and we live in a state of alienation from God. This was because of the betrayal of trust in the Garden of Eden. With this betrayal many humans now have toxic and malignant personal power. The core of sin is unbelief and hardness of heart that have cast blights over the world. People have made bad choices, but God wants us to look to him, and reverse our direction. Franz Wright (b. 1953), a poet said, “I am in no way different from anyone else, that my predicament, my sense of aloneness or isolation may be precisely what unites me with everyone else.” Wright has succinctly reflected on the plight that everyone has found themselves in.
State of Enmity
Lots of repercussions followed mankind’s fall, but people persist in living sinful lives. There’s a lack of reconciliation with God. People worship profit, and consumption that have become false idols in their lives. With the propensity to sin they are afflicted with a bad spiritual infection. Sins lurk in their beings. People practice self-elevation and aggrandizement. Now they are struck with physical evils of all sorts. With these misplaced allegiances they have become willing accomplices in evil schemes. Many are now notable sinners in this world. Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689), an English author and physician wrote, “Lastly, he must remember that he himself hath no exemption from the common lot, but he is bound by the same laws of mortality, and liable to the same ailments and afflictions with his fellows.” With the fall of the first man and woman sin has enveloped us in profound ways. The only way to counter such evils is to turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness.
Presently many people are living with souls weighed down and tormented. These people have cursed and corrupted souls. But by pursuing evil ways they can be lost forever. It’s only through salvation that people’s souls are saved. Souls separated from God are in an ongoing state of enmity with him. These are the ones that have fallen short of the glory of God, who refuse to repent because of pride. The Bible teaches that “… the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23). This is the gift people ought to pursue. Eugene Ionesco (1909–1994), a Romanian playwright said, “There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.” The consequences of living in alienation are devastating for people living in a corrupt world.
It’s for people to correct their ruptured relationships by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – for he’s our new Adam. He alone can expiate our guilt, heal our souls, change our distorted lives, and revive us. Only he can do away with people’s corrupt nature, and save us from eternal punishment. Evil has led to moral and spiritual bondage. It’s Christ, who can wipe away negative, and defeated thinking. Chuck Palahniuk (b. 1962), a novelist and freelance journalist said, “Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home … it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” Palahniuk agreed the way people must go about changing their relationships is to embrace a new attitude of love when pursuing peace and justice.