What is a “sin nature”?

When the first people, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, they brought sin into the whole world. The sin began to change everything—health, the weather, and even the plants and animals. Things weren’t perfect anymore.

Sin also changed the people. Adam and Even had to leave the garden God had created for them, and they would now be able to get sick and even die. They had to work for their food, and their close relationship with God was broken.

Because they had disobeyed God, all of their children would now have a sin nature from the time they were born. That means there would already be sin inside them from the very beginning of their lives. We are all children of Adam and Eve. They’re our great-great-great-great-great-great-great- (well, you get the idea) grandparents. That means each of us has a sin nature.

Since God is perfect, this sin nature keeps us separated from Him. But God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment for our sin (John 3:16). If we believe in Jesus, God will forgive all our sins and let us into His family. We’ll still sin sometimes, but we are no longer slaves to our sin nature like we used to be. God will help us to grow closer to Him, and that will cause us to sin less.

If you haven’t believed in Jesus yet, read more about that here!

Bible Truth

“I know I’ve been a sinner ever since I was born. I’ve been a sinner ever since my mother became pregnant with me” (Psalm 51:5).

“Sin entered the world because one man sinned. And death came because of sin. Everyone sinned, so death came to all people” (Romans 5:12).

“Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone! The new has come!” (Corinthians 5:17).



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