Why Is Man Drawn to Sin?

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
–James 1:15

Why is man drawn to sin?

A past conversation on the topic led to research and then more research and later, the research led to this article.

Why is man drawn to sin–even though the man who is a believer on Jesus Christ KNOWS unrepentant sin is death?

That past conversation had a few “answers” which still come to mind even today.

“It’s man’s nature to sin.”

“Man can’t help but sin.”

“Man is to sin like a duck is to water.”

But NONE of the above really answers the question.  They sort of “kick it down the road.”

They are just something to say when stumped for a real answer.

Consulting the Bible led to Romans.

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”
–Romans 7:18-19

In other words, Paul (an apostle of Jesus Christ Himself) is saying that even being saved and having the Holy Spirit reside in the believer is sometimes (frustratingly) not enough to overcome the attraction sin has for man.

Elsewhere, Paul summed it up: within the saved man, the Spirit battles the flesh and the flesh battles the Spirit.

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
–Galatians 5:17

The believer wins some; he loses some. BUT, he fights the good fight to OVERCOME the sin contained in his fallen flesh.

During the research portion, a churched writer claimed that the flesh is NOT inherently sinful. The writer cited Genesis 6:31: AFTER God created man, he said “It is good.”

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
–Genesis 6:31

This is true enough, BUT this is what God said about man BEFORE man first sinned.

That first disobedience changed man forever.

Man’s nature was no longer inherently neutral. After man’s fall into sin, man’s nature became sinful. God Himself (after the flood) acknowledges this in Genesis 8:21.

“And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

So going back to what was said in the original conversation that sparked this questioning, one could suppose that one of the answers WAS more correct than all of the others.

“It’s man’s nature to sin.”

Man was not created by God to sin. God will not create anything inherently wicked.

BUT after Adam (the first man) disobeyed God and sin was introduced into the world, man’s nature changed.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”
–Romans 5:12

Man became inherently wicked.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
–Romans 3:10-12

Wicked man NOW needed a Savior–which God, in His infinite mercy and grace, provided in His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
–Romans 5:18-19

So, why does man sin?

Why is man attracted to sin?

The short answer is: Because it is second nature to man–and it will continue to be second nature to man until the day his corruptible flesh is changed into something more permanent.

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
–1Corinthians 15:53-57

DOES the reader believe that all talk of sin, judgment and redemption are remnants from more primitive times?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation


“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16




by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

image: Wikimedia Commons/pd

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