Sin is transgression or disobedience of God's Law (1 John 3:4) and, above al is unbelief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 John 3:6-9)
Sin first entered the world through Satan and his followers, the fallen angels during the Pre-Adamic Age. A third of the angels sinned and were thrown down to earth with cataclysmic consequences. God renewed the face of the earth and created life, including man, in six literal 24-hour days. Sin then entered the human world because Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, when tempted and deceived by Satan. As a result of man's original sin, every descendant of Adam and Eve, with the exception of Jesus Christ, is born with a sin nature.
God has complete foreknowledge of everything that happens in His creation; therefore, the sins of fallen angels and men did not take Him by surprise. This is all within God's Plan, which includes both separation and reconciliation; separation because of sin, and reconciliation because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Sin brings judgement, suffering, death, destruction, and separation from God. God takes full and complete responsibility for the existence of sin and evil. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that man is responsible for his sins. However, God makes man accountable for his sins, individually, nationally, and universally for the ultimate good of all. Our accountability for our sins brings God's judgement for the greater purpose of receiving His salvation and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Without God's judgements we would not understand good from evil, light from darkness and the righteousness of God from the unrighteousness of man.
Here is an important truth. All of God's judgements are corrective, no matter how horrific they may appear from man's perspective. Traditional Christianity has failed to understand and refused to acknowledge the important truth that Jesus Christ died on the cross to conquer sin and death for all people and that God is the Saviour of ALL people. He was foreordained to die before the foundation of the world, not only to forgive the sins of believers, but also to forgive the sins of the whole world. (1 Peter 1:20, 1 John 2:2, 1 Timothy 4:10) Death is no longer man's enemy because, through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all will be made alive (saved) in God's time and in His order. (1 Corinthians 15:22-23) Ultimately, all people will believe in their Saviour and all will be reconciled to God. (Colossians 1:20)
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God punishes an unbeliever, or even Satan in hell, forever. There are four words in the Bible, two Greek words aion and aionios, and two Hebrew words owlam and ad, which have often been misinterpreted and mistranslated in most but not all bible versions, to mean forever, everlasting and eternal. These four words are age-related, referring to an age of a definite time duration having a beginning and an end. Mistranslation and/or misinterpretation of these four age-related words is an important reason why Christians have failed to understand God's Plan of the Ages to reconcile all things through Jesus Christ, and why traditional Christianity believes in endless punishment in hell. A full explanation of this important subject is given in Chapter 5 'The Seven Ages in God's Plan for All'.
The simple, logical and powerful truth of the Bible is that God's judgements flow out of His love and they are ALWAYS CORRECTIVE. They are designed to bring humility, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, which leads to Righteousness, Salvation and Reconciliation. (Isaiah 26:9, Isaiah 46:12-13, Malachi 3:2-3, Mark 9:49, 1 Corinthians 3:15, Romans 11:32-33, Hebrews 12:6-11, Revelation 3:19)
One thing that is absolutely certain is that ALL people will be reconciled to God, either in this life or in the next life. The loving and righteous judgement of God for all sinners will ensure that all people, in God's time and in His order, will repent and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, by God-given faith. Chapter 12 'The Great White Throne Judgement' gives a full explanation of God's loving and refining Lake of Fire judgement for all unbelievers.
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