Why do we sin?

Here's the answer:

We all sin because we inherited a sin nature from the very first people, Adam and Eve.

Sin is anything that goes against the special rules God has set up for us. We sin when we disobey our parents, steal something, lie or cheat, talk unkindly to someone, or do anything else that is wrong.

So what’s up? Why does this happen? As we read in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, God created the first people, Adam and Eve, and put them into a beautiful, perfect garden. God gave Adam and Even one rule: Don’t eat the fruit from a certain tree.

Satan came to the garden of Eden and tricked Eve into thinking it was okay to disobey God. So Eve and then Adam ate the fruit that God had forbidden to eat. When that happened, sin entered the world. Adam and Eve’s perfect relationship with God was broken, and now every human baby (boy or girl) who is born into this world has the nature to sin. (You can read more about Adam and Eve’s story in Genesis 1—3). There’s nothing we can do about our sin natures by ourselves—we all will sin at some point in our lives. Most of us sin every single day!

But there’s good news! God loves us so much that He wants to forgive our sins and bring us back into a good relationship with Him. So He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to die on the cross for our sins and then rise again three days later (John 3:16). The only way we can get back to a good relationship with God and receive forgiveness for our sins is to believe that Jesus died for us and accept God’s free gift of forgiveness. Then God will send the Holy Spirit into our lives to help us learn how to follow God and obey Him. And one day, we will be with God in heaven!

Satan is still around today. He would like each of us to steal, cheat, lie, or have a bad attitude. The way to beat Satan is to be on Jesus’ team! If you haven’t done so already, ask God to forgive you of the sin in your life. He’ll do it, because He loves us all!

Bible Truth

"Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory" (Romans 3:23).

"My brothers, here is what I want you to know. I announce to you that your sins can be forgiven because of what Jesus has done" (Acts 13:38).

"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life" (John 3:16).