Of the fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
Chapter 6, Paragraph 2.
“…all becoming dead in Sin,…“
Romans 5:12 etc.
Why do people die? Death is one of the realities of this world that early on we realize, but why it exists is not a subject on which much conversation is spent. We waver between realizing the horror of death, to numbly skimming over news of it. But why is death so universal, so horrible? The Bible explains how death entered the world.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden, they created a rift that death rushed in to fill. Physically, their bodies would no longer keep going. They would die. But there was another aspect to death that Adam and Eve brought into the world through their transgression. Sin brought spiritual death. Without communion with God, who “is the alone fountain of all Being” (LBCF 2.2), there can be no spiritual life. We breathe, and eat, and move throughout the day, but our bodies are counting down until they finally stop. Our souls, however, are stillborn until regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
Every death is a reminder that we need Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life,…” (John 14:6) “I am the resurrection and the life;…” (John 11:25) “…Christ, who is our life,…” (Colossians 3:4) Let us not shy away from the reality of death, but use it to point sinners to the One who gives life abundantly.
Questions to Consider
- Is the truth that all are dead in sin a hard one to accept?