Fall

 

God’s good creation has been marred by evil.  

That goes for human beings as well as for the natural world.  We have turned away from the light of God’s love and embraced the darkness of evil.

We have turned against God’s laws. We have failed to give God the rightful worship and obedience we owe to God.

The Bible calls turning away from God ‘sin’.

Evil and sin lead to suffering and death in the world.
 

In the Bible, human rebellion against God is shown in the story of Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.

Christian theologians call this ‘The Fall’ because human beings have ‘fallen away’ from God’s perfect will for us.

Jesus said that sin pollutes the human heart:

“…out of your hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.” (Mark 7: 21-22)

 

Evil

 

Human beings are not all equally evil. Neither are human beings completely evil. The goodness of God is still reflected in each of our lives to some degree or another. Nevertheless, we all contribute to the spread of evil when we turn against God and cause others to suffer by behaving selfishly and unkindly.  The Bible says:

 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

Evil has tainted everything and everyone.