Sin cannot be dismissed as a mere “theological” issue. It is the root cause of just about every instance of pain, suffering and anguish in the world. The offer of salvation from sin and its consequences is the most comprehensive solution to evil and suffering. This is because sin sets perverted chains of events and evil influences in motion that thwart people of happiness, set up barriers of misunderstanding and prejudice, and foment corruption and injustice. Sin leaves people scarred, embittered and lonely, causes pain and suffering, war and torture, sets the teeth of the natural order on edge, and drags every person down, against their hopeless resistance, to death. Every imaginable evil is either moral or natural (that is due to the operations of a sinful moral agent or due to something that happened in nature). But most evil is the indirect or direct result of sinful human behavior. Scripture suggests that even the perverted aspects of the created order are indirect consequences of human action, though we cannot understand fully how this works. The links between sinful human behaviors and human pain are not obvious in all instances, so it is the church’s duty to explain how sin is behind all our personal, domestic and international problems. TS512 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I LECTURE 13: SIN’S CONSEQUENCES AND RESPONSIBILITY Glen Scorgie
20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version<https://ref.ly/logosres/esv?ref=BibleESV.1Jn3.20&off=0&ctx=r+heart+before+him%3b+~20%C2%A0for+whenever+our+>. (2016). (1 Jn 3:20–22). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.