Sin can be characterized in three ways. Which are unbelief, pride, and disobedience. Unbelief first allows the mind lose faith in God himself and his Word. It then creates doubt and makes things which are not good attractive to the eyes. It then becomes easier for pride to come in. Pride on the other hand, allows the person to exalt oneself instead of God. The temptation at that time was to be like God but in the wrong way. And it is still the same nature that man continuous to fall into to this day; to glorify man instead of God. Once unbelief and the desire to exalt oneself occur, disobedience comes right after. Unbelief and pride work so enticing that it easily shapes man’s actions to disobedience not just from himself or man-made rule, but disobedience and alienation from a person; God.
This section reminds me of one of C. S. Lewis’ thoughts on sin. In one of his novels he wrote of a Turkish Delight. That Turkish Delight although exactly the same as all other Turkish Delights, had one very simple magic in it: eat one and it will cause you to desire one more. It’s as simple as that. He goes on to say how men have destroyed families, their values, murdered and died, just to get one more.
Sin in itself reveals itself to have a cycle that has been continuous even to this day. I am surprised at how simple and predictable this cycle is and yet how often times man have continued to fall for its trap. Although partaking of the fruit is not harmful to man physically, it proves itself as harmful to man in all other aspects. Sad to say, unbelief, pride, and disobedience are still the driving force for many men today even Christians. This just shows how much damage sin has brought into mankind since the first time it manifested. In that sense, it becomes clear how man’s self efforts cannot completely eradicate sin. Only when God intervenes can sin truly be defeated. And I think that’s exactly where Jesus fits in in the story.