To begin with, though God did ALLOW sin to come into the world, He is NOT the author of sin. Who is the author of sin? Romans 5:12 tells us “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.” Of course that “one man” is Adam, who CHOSE to disobey God and by that act of disobedience he plunged the whole world into sin. The question is often asked, “Why didn’t God make Adam incapable of sinning?” The answer is, “God chose to give man the FREEDOM OF CHOICE so they would choose to love and follow Him.” To test man’s love for Him, God gave Adam one command. In Genesis 3:16-17 we read “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die.”   Adam did walk in happy fellowship with God until that fateful day when he chose to break that commandment. From that point on “all have sinned” and in John 8:34 the Lord Jesus declared, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Men not only sin; they are SLAVES TO SIN! This is why it is, to use your words, “so easy to fall into sin yet so hard to follow God’s commands.” Men love sin and they choose to sin instead of obeying God’s commands. But the fault lies with man, and NOT with God.

Let me assure you that even though God allowed the world to become sinful and for men to disobey Him, HE REALLY WANTS US TO BE WITH HIM! After Jesus spoke of men being servants of sin He said, in verse 36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” The Son of God became a Man to set us free from the slavery of sin! He went to the cross of Calvary to take our sins upon Himself and to bear the judgment due to those sins. Every believer in Jesus Christ can claim the promise of 1 Peter 2:24, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Once a sinner turns to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, his sins are forgiven and God gives him the ability to “live unto righteousness.” This means we no longer have to serve sin, but we can serve God by living righteous lives. Paul speaks of this in Romans 6:17-18, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” So, even though there is sin all around us, a believer does NOT have to fall into sin and he is given the power to follow God’s commandments. Praise God for this!

Perhaps you are still wondering, “Why did God even create man knowing that he would sin?” We can rest assured that God never would have allowed sin to enter into His fair creation if there wasn’t a divine purpose involved. In short, He allowed it FOR HIS GLORY and FOR MAN’S BLESSING. This may sound strange, but the introduction of sin allowed God to manifest His love and grace, and to bring men to an even higher place of blessing than living in the Garden of Eden. Adam knew God as a benevolent Creator, but once Adam sinned he came to know God in a way he couldn’t before he sinned; he came to know Him as a loving and forgiving God. And instead of living in an earthly paradise forever Adam will join all the redeemed in a heavenly paradise. Revelation 2:7 promises every believer “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Will you be there? If you have never trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior we would plead with you to do so. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Once you are saved, you will experience what we have been saying, for you can be set free from the slavery of sin and you will have the promise of living with God in heaven forever. And you will then understand God’s purpose in allowing sin to come into this world, for GOD WILL BE GLORIFIED by you being saved, and YOU WILL BE BLESSED beyond your wildest dreams!  (178.6)  (DO)