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What DO we believe? Lesson 3 (page 1)
Repentance

Repent means about face or a complete change of direction. You have not repented if you plan to continue your life in the same direction you are going. The Ten Commandments still apply today as they did when God gave the Commandments and The Law, and these are two separate sets of commandments. The Law was the Law of Sacrifices, which was fulfilled with the death of Jesus Christ. The Ten Commandments were designed to always be in effect as rules to live by.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” Sin is hereditary. We inherited sin from the disobedience of Adam and Eve.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Genesis 2:17 God had said: “ But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

II Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Let me insert this now. No one has ever lived to be a thousand years old. Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years and died.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Satan is a liar and the father of lies.

Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Satan is a deceiver. He tells half-truths. A half-truth is a lie unless it is the whole truth. To make someone believe something is different from what it really is, this is also a way of lying.

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Things are not always what they appear to be. Satan can make sin look fun. He can package sin to be pleasant to the eyes.

Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Genesis 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Genesis 3:10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Sin puts fear into your life.

Genesis 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

The blame someone else for your failure to obey God started in the Garden of Eden. It did not work then and it will not work now. God holds each and everyone of us accountable for our own actions. It will not matter who entices you to sin. YOU ARE TO BLAME FOR YOUR SIN.

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

We still hear the words, “The devil made me do it.” The devil has no power over your will. Even God does not allow himself to have power over your will. You were created to praise and worship God, but it is only if you want to worship him. He gave you the free choice.

Adam and Eve were placed in a paradise and given only one commandment. Do not eat of the fruit of the one tree that is in the midst of the garden. They had to tempt and test God through disobedience. Because of their disobedience sin entered into the world.

Psalms 51:5 “Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” This scripture does not mean that the relationship between married people and the conception of children from this marriage is a sin. It is stating that even the new born child will, (when he becomes of age to understand or age of accountability), will have need for repentance. He has inherited sin. Children, no matter how cute, learn to lie when they learn to talk.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Any relationship outside the institution of marriage is a sin. I will state my view on marriage. It is a relationship between one man and one woman. Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man made he a woman and brought her unto the man. Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Any man made laws that will ever state otherwise is contrary to the Word of God. The sin of Sodomy is not new. Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Abomination is a word God uses to describe something that stinks so bad that it can not be described in terms a human would understand.