Does God want us to sin? It seems like an odd question, but if we really think about it there is some validity to this inquiry . We know that God gets great joy out of seeing someone who is far away from Him repent. The Church also benefits greatly from this action.

So, is it wrong to assume that God sets us up for destruction just so He can redeem us? And, is this redemption only temporary in hopes that the Christian will slip once again and come back to God?

These seem like uncomfortable questions and our brains know the right answers to these questions. Sometimes, however, our actions tell a different answer. If these things were true then the action of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross would have been a waste of time.

Jesus came and died so that we could be free from sin. His death on the cross defeated sin’s power, and gave humanity the ability to flee our slavery from it. What does this mean?

It means that we do not have to sin. We do not have to keep ourselves in a bondage that erodes our soul. We do not have to feel the emptiness that comes with insatiable desire. Most of all, we do not have fear a physical death.  If we have to sin in order to live, then this Christian life is obsolete.

Here is the catch…God is the only one who can give us the resources to conquer.

If the Bible is right when it says that the wages of sin is death, then that implies that our consequence (whether good of bad) begins here on earth. If eternal life, for instance, begins on earth then we can assume that this life doesn’t just “pause” every once in a while because it is under construction.

Eternal life doesn’t stop, and we can embrace it now and continue to live in it. Constant confession, a humble attitude, and a desire to be closer to God assure that we will be successful at this kind of life. Constant confession puts us back on track. A humble attitude eliminates pride. A desire to be closer to God keeps us on the right trajectory.

So, the point of this post is simple… We may mess up from time to time, and we may find periods of weakness. The hope comes when we realize that God has given us a way out of this cycle. We do not have to fall away from Him, but if we do, He will restore us.

-Landon DeCrastos