Something is very wrong! No matter how much money we spend, how many elections we hold, how many organizations we start, how many complaints we have, how many tears we cry, or how many wars we wage, boredom, fears, tragedies, suffering, injustice, evil, sickness, pain, and death continue. Why? Because of the fall and sin enters. In order to understand the condition of our world, and ultimately the plan of redemption, we must know the origin and nature of sin.
Something to consider: God punishes those that don't keep His commandments.
The wicked shall be burned up
2 Peter 3:7
The Lake of Fire is called the Second Death
Note: On fire, see also:
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10
2 Peter 3:7,10-12
What are the consequences of sin?
2 Thessalonians 1:9
Is there a way to be free from sin?
2 Corinthians 5:21
1 John 1:9
Other scriptures on sin
I John 1:7-9
The Grave or Hell (sheol in the Old Testament) is the Hebrew word for the place of the dead. It is translated grave 31 times, hell 31 times, and pit 3 times.
Hades is the New Testament (Greek) equivalent of Sheol. It is translated grave 1 time and hell 10 times. It has the same meaning as Sheol, the place of the dead.
Acts 2:27, 31
1 Corinthians 15:55
Revelation 20:13, 14
Gehenna, New Testament, Greek work for hell, hell fire, used 12 times, spoken of also as lake of fire, is to be used of God to destroy the wicked after their judgement.
Matthew 5:22, 29, 30
Gehenna in the New Testament (Greek) word for hell and hell fire. It is used 12 times, spoken of also as lake of fire, is to be used of God to destroy the wicked after their judgement.
Matthew 5:22, 29, 30
Now that we've looked at a number of verses, we encourage you to explore these questions with your group or in a journal.
What is sin?
How have we been affected by original sin?
How has this affected our relationship with God?
How does God view and respond to sin?
Knowledge is good, but knowing how to act on that knowledge is better. Explore some of these questions about how our knowledge affects our lives.
In what ways are you tempted as Adam and Eve were tempted?
How do you respond to sin in your life?
How do you respond to sin in others’ lives?
Where in your life is God calling you to specific repentance in regard to your view of sin and your response to it?