Tough Questions; Part 1 – What is Sin?

Do your kids ask tough questions that you just cannot answer?  Mine do! If you’re like me, Google is your friend – but you need discernment!  I found a book (in addition to The Bible) with biblical answers to some of the tough questions kids ask.  Pastor John and I will be addressing several tough questions over the next few weeks, from the book, “Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions” by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson.

First of all,  Fitzpatrick and Thompson do not claim to have all the answers. Secondly, they caution that parents’ answers won’t “save” their children: salvation depends on the Lord alone (Psalm 3:8, Jonah 2:9, John 1:12).  And finally, they advise parents to apply truth and discern truth from error.

Let’s get started! Question #1: What is Sin?

Sin is the breaking of God’s law.  Sin is also our nature.

Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Each one of us is born a sinner because sin entered mankind in Genesis.  We are sinners to the core.

Adam and Eve committed the original sin in the Garden of Eden when they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  They disobeyed God and their nature changed.(Fitzpatrick and Thompson)

We can try our hardest to make outward changes that please God, but unless an inward change of heart takes place, the effort is futile.  We need a new nature.

Sin is actually much deeper than mere outward behavior…  Sin is not just what we do…it’s what we think, and, even worse, it is also evident in why we do what we do.(Fitzpatrick and Thompson)

Our only hope for a new nature is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:8 says,

“…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Our children need to know the terrible reality of sin. If we fail to explain it, they will not see the beauty of God’s grace.(Fitzpatrick and Thompson)

Continue to follow our blog for more answers to tough questions about death and dying,  and salvation, and more.



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