The problem with humanity is the problem of humanity's heart.
Today's video is on original sin. Looking for some answers, Kyle and I went to Trinity Reformed Church to get Pastor van Eyk's thoughts on the subject. This is Faith to Film.
What's wrong with the world anyway? If humanity is created basically good then why do we see so much nastiness around? Why do people use and abuse each other? Why is there war if we are basically good?
0:29 Why do we sin?
Some people think that the problem with humanity is that we learn these sorts of behaviors, that we come into the world we're born with a clean slate and we just pick up bad habits from looking at other people. That's not the bible's answer to the question. The problem with humanity is the problem of humanity's heart. It's not a manufacturer's defect God didn't create us problematic he created us good with a moral perfection but Adam as our first parent, he disobeyed, he broke God's commandment in the garden of Eden and when he disobeyed he plunged all of humanity into a corrupted nature.
1:17 Is everything we do corrupted with sin?
The New England Primer, an English textbook used to teach children the alphabet had it very well said A) in Adam's fall we sinned all. And so we come into this world not with a clean slate but we come with a heart that is corrupted, where the heart as the Lord says in genesis 6: 5 He saw the wickedness of the man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. That is a pretty dire assessment of humanity that every intention of his heart was only evil all the time. That's the way we come into the world because Adam was our representative. We sin because we're sinners. That's the bottom line, we come into this world conceived and born in sin and everything flows from that corrupted nature in everything that we do.
2:16 Is it fair to be punished for Adam's sin?
So, people think that it might not be fair that I get punished for what Adam does. I understand that. It assumes of course that if we were in Adam's situation we would have done differently, which is no guarantee at all. But one of the things that helps me to deal with that is to understand that that's the way the gospel works as well. So I, because I believe in Jesus Christ and he is my representative, I am accepted by God, received by Him, because Christ has done something for me he has taken my punishment taken my guilt taken my sin taken my condemnation so that I benefit from His obedience to His Father in His death on the cross.