Sin is the violation of a law that exists in the mind and is based upon the imperfect knowledge men have of moral good. This law is transgressed by the influence of temptation, as good understanding yields to a contrary choice. “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope,” Romans 8:20. We were born sinners; we did not choose to become sinners. All are under sin and all died in Adam. But we have a choice to stay in bondage to sin and death through the works of the flesh, or we can resist by crucifying our old nature, which is the carnal mind, to become free in the resurrected life or of the new creation.
Yahweh does not cause any person to sin, by no means. We sin because of the lust within our own flesh. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of Yahweh, for Yahweh cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man, but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death,” James 1:13 -15.
There is no way to be saved except through our Savior. “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” Acts 4:12.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Yahweh, and the Word was Yahweh. The same was in the beginning with Yahweh. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men,” 1 John 1:1-4.
If man does not have a free will of action, man cannot sin, and if man cannot sin, he does not need a Savior. From the beginning, man was responsible for his actions. Yahweh did not kill Abel, Cain did, and Cain was reprimanded for his evil. His mother did not say that Yahweh had slain her son. She said Cain slew him and Yahweh had given her another son.
Yahweh said man was to have dominion. He never changed his original plan and will never change it. Man still has dominion, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead,” 1 Corinthians 15:21.
In the beginning Yahweh commanded man to subdue and have dominion. The word “subdue” suggests warfare, it also suggests that something was not in harmony in man’s environment. If everything was in harmony as we are told, there would have been no force to conquer, or subdue.
The Bible says that all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord. This does not mean that Yahweh wills for us to sin, but he uses the circumstances that we create to help us learn and develop.
Before I was converted, I smoked cigarettes and the smoke made me ill. I was in a sanatorium for seventy days. Yahweh did not cause my sickness; the cigarettes that I smoked did that. But Yahweh used the situation that was created by my choices to teach me. It seemed like a very bad situation at the time, however, that stay in the hospital without treatment turned out to be the turning point in my life. It has had an affect on every area of my life since. I learned many things that have benefited my family and me throughout the years. Yahweh healed my lungs miraculously. The seventy days I was forced to stay away from my four little girls and my husband were hard to bear. I would not have chosen to spend that time away from my family, but it turned out for my good and for theirs. It saved my life and also gave them better air to breathe.
If people who are offended at Yahweh over the way their life is shaping up could understand Paul’s message in Romans 8:16-25, they could see a reason for the catastrophes in the world. When man lacks understanding, he makes wrong judgments. When man acts under the influence of wrong judgments, it produces havoc for him and for others, and havoc causes pain. But without initiative, man would be a preprogrammed computer. Man must make choices and experience their consequences if he is to grow in understanding.
Let us examine the Lord’s reason for creation according to Paul in his letter to the Romans 8:16-25: “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children (not servants) of Yahweh: And if children, then heirs; heirs of Yahweh, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity (lack), not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh. For we know that the whole creation groans and travail in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit (that is), the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
Yahweh subjected us to this experience in hope. When he hopes, something materializes. He is not entertaining himself with a bunch of sinning creatures—he is birthing sons in his image and into his glory. They will not be preprogrammed robots. Yahweh is creating himself-creatures that can experience and express his attributes, because they have become his expression. Yahweh is the Spirit—or expression—of Love. I will become expressed Love. Each of his creatures will become a Love facet. You are a Love facet in the making. Love never fails! (1 Cor. 13: 8).