I can't really figure out what the bible is all about

Hi

I don't understand anything of sin. I read a first part of the bible, and it seems that Eve did something all human beings do: taste that which is forbidden... Following that all mankind gets cursed with death and nobody is free from sin. That's logical, as most of the sins come natural to man anyway, there's no way to never get angry or be proud of something you have achieved by yourself. So why call all those natural things sin and then let everyone pray for forgiveness?

The fact that God is happy with sacrifices of animal blood seems a bit macabre too, doesn't it ? (I know that was before Jesus came and made it all better) He created all life, and then he wants some form of life to kill another form of life because someone did something a long time ago. And blood will make all this better ?

I'm just asking this because I'm new to Christianity and can't really figure out what the story in the bible is all about.

Thanks for your thoughts

My response is in Green:

Thank you for writing me. You are right some of the stuff is difficult to understand. I will try but I will tell you I don't have all the answers either. I have found that the best way to understand is to ask God to show you and then read your Bible and think about it and let God talk to you.

Anyway, as I said I will try to give you my view. You said that all Eve did was what all human beings do. You are right, but I don't think you realize how right you are. We all will do things like that now because of Adam and Eve. When God created Adam and Eve they did not have an evil nature. They were pure and sinless, however, God gave them free choice. If He had not given them a choice they would have been no different than the rest of the animals, or slaves, or robots. But He loved them and wanted them to be able to choose whether they obeyed Him and loved Him or not. So He gave them free will. They were given everything they could ever want, but God did tell them that they were not to eat of the one tree.

The important thing to remember is that at this time they did not struggle with the evil nature that we do now. They were truly free to make their own choices. Anyway, as you know they both chose to disobey God and eat of the tree. That is when sin entered into the world. From that point on every human being born was born with a sinful nature, meaning that we are prone to do evil. We still have a free choice, but it is much harder because our very nature is evil. Many false religions try to say that mankind is basically good and it is just the outside influences that make the person act bad. This is a lie. We are born evil and have to struggle to be good. Look at a child, you don't have to teach them to lie, it comes naturally. You have to teach them to tell the truth. It goes against their very nature to tell the truth if a lie will make their life easier (i.e. keep them out of trouble, etc...). We have problems in society even though we have lots of laws, but take away the law and see how bad it gets.

You said that the sacrifices of animal blood seems a bit macabre too. I would agree with you, yet you have to understand why God required them. This is another area that is hard for us to understand but try to hang with me. God is holy, He has never sinned or done anything wrong. Because of His holiness He can't stand to even be around sin. So when Adam and Eve sinned, they separated themselves from God. There was nothing they could do to make it right. They could say they were sorry all they wanted to but it would not help. However, if you look at the story, they never said they were sorry. First Adam blamed it on Eve, then Eve blamed it on the serpent. People are still doing that today, they refuse to admit to God that they have done anything wrong. It reminds me of Flip Wilson saying "The Devil made me do it!" Okay, you are probably too young to remember him, he was a comedian.

Back to my point. God still loved Adam and Eve and us, even though we did not exist yet. He did not want His creation to be separated from Him for eternity. So He did the unthinkable, He came up with a plan to pay our debt for us, by sending His Son (Jesus) to die for our sins. See sin requires death as payment. The Bible says that a living being's life is in its blood (Leviticus 17:11 NIV) For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.

The problem is that the blood of an animal will not permanently atone for a person's sin. In fact the animal sacrifices were a way of the people showing that they believed God would send a redeemer who would take away their sins (Jesus). God made the first sacrifice for Adam and Eve, by killing an animal to make coverings for them. He also made the last sacrifice for all our sins, when He gave us His Son to die for our sins. Many people ask why God did not just forgive our sins and forget it. He couldn't because that would have gone against His holy nature.

So as macabre as it may seem, there needed to be blood spilled to pay for our sins. That is why we as Christians don't sacrifice today, because Jesus was the one and only sacrifice we ever need. People take the issue of sin way too lightly. They think, oh well it was just a little lie. But in reality there is no such thing as a little sin. A lie and murder are the same, they are sin against a holy God who demands death to the person who commits it. Yet, He showed so much love for us that we can't even really comprehend it. How can we understand that God would create us knowing that we would end up sinning against Him, yet still give us the choice to do so? Then send His Son to die for us because we did exactly what He knew before hand we would do if He gave us a choice. To us that makes no sense but God tells us His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways: (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. {9} "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I for one am glad that He did for us what no human would ever have thought to do. I don't understand His love for us, but I trust it and I know it is true. He saved me from a sinful life. I am happier now then I have ever been in my life. One last point. In my own feeble way I want to try to explain why I think God did some of this. I don't know the mind of God and just like I quoted a above, His thoughts are not my thoughts, but maybe in small way we can kind of understand. I think that even though God knew if He gave Adam and Eve a choice they would pick the wrong thing, to Him it was preferable to having a creation who worshipped Him because they did not have a choice. We have to choose to love Him, it is not something that He places in our hearts. He enables us to love but He does not force us to love Him. I think our love is more special because we have to choose to give it to Him and are not forced.

Well I don't know if I answered your questions or not, but those are my thoughts on the subject. Feel free to discuss it further or ask any other questions you might have.

Ralph

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