God made a good and a wonderful world. The
intricacies of the natural world stun and amaze us. But, ironically, this same
world is full of so-called 'natural disasters' — such as earthquakes, floods,
droughts and famine. More than that, there are wars, murders, and a host of
other things which spoil the world in which we live: hatred, jealousy,
covetousness, adultery, greed...
God's rule book is summarized in what we know as
Ten Commandments".3 These rules are
designed to help us keep on track with God and run our lives smoothly — not
unlike the way in which a train is designed to run on a carefully designed
track. It is a terrible tragedy when we as human beings go 'off the rails'
and disobey God.
Not everyone describes the human condition quite so
bluntly. But they may say: "God, I'll have you involved in my life, but not
as King and Lord. You can come in on my rules and my terms — but not on
yours". Yet this amounts to the same thing as outright disobedience.
The Bible calls it sin: It is 'overstepping the mark'4
and it is 'falling short of the perfect standards He expects'.5
3. These may be found in Exodus 20
and repeated in Deuteronomy 5 of the Bible
4. This is the literal meaning of the word 'transgression', see Psalm 51:1-3
5. This is what the word 'sin' means,
see Romans 3:20-23