What is the cause of sin, what is it in a man that causes him to rebel against God? Many of you just thought “Well, our sin nature, that sin that all are born into.” And in part you would be correct, but that is one of the effects of sin, it is a choice that we had no part in making, if you are alive, you have a sin nature, and therefore we sin. But take a look at Adam, he had no sin nature, he was complete, he knew neither good nor evil, for he had not yet eaten of the fruit of the tree that contained that knowledge. Nor was he deceived, the woman was, his reason for taking that piece of fruit from her hands is the subject of another letter. Today let us focus on this truth, Adam had no sin nature, yet he rebelled against the commandment of Almighty God.
He did so by employing his own cognitive thought process’, by calculating and deducing the known facts, by comparing data in every area, and then making a conscious decision. Every relative factor was looked at by him, and then he made his choice. We must also look at Lucifer before he was called Satan, for reasons unbeknownst to us, he made the decision that to serve God was not in his best interest, that there was more than what God was offering. To know the totality of a thing, you must look at the inverse of it, to know the reason of a thing, you must understand the root of it. What is the cause of sin, it is not Satan, he was simply the first one to act against God, it is not in the moment that Adam bit into the fruit, that was the action of a reasoning, conscious thought, it is not our sinful nature, we were born with it, and have a choice to either act upon it or deny it, and so therein is, at least as much as the Lord has been merciful enough to show me thus far, the answer, the cause of sin is free will.
We are autonomous in our decision making, we act or decide not to react upon those external influences upon us, it is our free will that caused our Lord to say, “Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalm 82:6) We can do whatever we want to do whenever we want to do it, we are limited only by the forces of nature that God has created, and by our fear of the possible consequences of our actions. Those uneasy feelings, those emotional conflicts that we experience inside of us at times come from the knowledge that we are finite, that we are and will be held accountable for our actions by what many like to call a “Higher power,” that there will be consequences even for those things we have done in secret, this is the negative side of free will. It is a computation that both Satan and Adam knew, and it was deduced as worth the risk. If Satan and all those who became demons had not had free will, they would have been made by the name we give those machines that serve without question, robots, made to perform a function with no choice in the matter, if free will was not given to Adam, there would have been no need for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The fruit imbued the knowledge, the decision to sin was made without the knowledge.
The word was given, “For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:17) Disobedience to God brings separation from God, disobedience to God is done when there is a lack of love for God, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) The realization of self can only come upon beings who have free will, it is one of the definitive attributes of man, he has no instincts, he has free will. The question in my mind can only be answered when I arrive home, why, knowing full well the consequences of his actions, did Satan continue in his thought pattern, and why were two-thirds of the angels able to discern that was the wrong path. The facts lay at our feet, the angels were created with free will, Adam was created with free will, all men have free will, free will brings with it the knowledge of self-awareness, from there, the decisions we make are entirely up to us, it is God alone that determines the consequences of those actions, for He is the Creator, He is the only Omnipotent One.
We are allowed to make up our own mind in all matters, to rebel or serve, there are no other alternatives. Our free will is imposed only by the love of Christ, God does not force virtue on anyone. Therefore we are completely and totally responsible for all of our actions, we have no one to blame but ourselves. The logical answer to the deductive, reasoning mind? “We love Him, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)