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What Went Wrong with the World?

Something Went Wrong

Look around and you will see suffering, sorrow, quarrels, violence, war, hunger, and death. The world is not perfect now. What went wrong? This once perfect world has been spoiled by an enemy of God and by man himself.

God's Enemy

God has an enemy called Satan, or the devil. He was made by God but he became proud and rebellious. Now Satan is against everything that God is for . . . God is good; Satan fights good with evil. God wants to help us; Satan tries to destroy us. God wants to enjoy man's love and fellowship; the devil tries to separate us from God. Satan tries to make us follow him instead of God.

Man's Sin

Satan told Adam and Eve lies about God. He persuaded them to sin, that is to disobey God. God had warned Adam that sin would bring death, because sin separates a person from God. Life comes from God, so separation from Him ends in death. Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan instead of God. They broke God's rules and went their own way with tragic results for the world.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.
(Bible, Romans 5:12)

Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey -- whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
(Bible, Romans 6:16)

The Effects of Sin

Sin brought disease and death into the world.

Sin has broken the fellowship between God and man. As long as man is rebellious, disobedient, and sinful, he cannot have fellowship with God. Instead of being a servant of God, he is a servant of sin.

Your Choice -- God's Way or Satan's Way

By choosing to disobey God we join Satan's rebellion and accept his rule. The earth has become a battlefield between God and Satan. The choice is yours. On which side will you be?

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD
(Bible, Joshua 24:15)

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