Do you have any pet hates? I have many. The two grumpy old men, created by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, in their tv series a few years ago may well have been based on me. Here are just some of my pet hates:

  • People who leave shopping trolleys unattended in supermarkets while they wander off.
  • Job interviews that take place in coffee shops. I’ve left my work behind, I don’t want to be part of yours thank you.
  • People who begin sentences with the word ‘so’.
  • Unnecessary use of the word ‘literally’.

I could go on, and on, and on but I think you get the point.

I would never say that God has any pet hates, but there is something he definitely hates, and that is sin. Sin, in essence, is rebellion against God, something that only the human race can do. We were made in the image of God, and blessed with the ability to make choices, but we made the wrong choice early on and have been doing so ever since. Sin has affected every single person living on the planet, and even the planet itself.

Think of Japanese Knotweed, a lovely ornamental plant brought in to the country by the Victorians. Its roots are a nightmare and pity help you if you have it in your garden and try to sell your home. It spreads everywhere and is destructive. Sin is like that and it’s affected the whole world. It’s had a catastrophic effect, disturbing the earth’s equilibrium and leading to the many natural disasters we see. None of them would happen were it not for sin. Sin is the root cause of the environmental nightmare we have. Sin is the reason we mistreat the animal kingdom we were supposed to look after.

Think of Covid-19. From what we know it possibly started with the transmission of the virus from a bat to a person in Wuhan, China. As I write 14,668,291 have contracted the coronavirus and that figure will have increased to over 15 million later today. Many of those contracted will die. Sin started with one man in the Garden of Eden and has spread to all men. It’s impossible to not catch it, and it’s impossible to not suffer its consequence, which is death. The Bible is very clear on this point.

“Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world. Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die.” (1)

Covid-19 may kill. AIDS may kill. Cancer may kill. Heart disease may kill. Sin has already killed. We walk through life oblivious to the fact that we’re dead, not physically, but spiritually. God hates sin because he knows what it can do. He was aware of the damage it would do to his creation and the damage it would do to us. God himself has no sin, and sin cannot exist in his presence, which means we cannot exist in his presence. Sin has made it impossible for us to have a relationship with him.

So what can we do about it? Live a sinless life obviously but, wait a minute, that’s not possible. Try it and you’ll see. Sin will always get the better of us. Just agree to be punished for the sin we’ve committed and move on. Well, I’m afraid the punishment will have eternal consequences not in our favour, so that won’t work. Admit our helplessness, that’s a good start but our sin still needs to be dealt with. Is it possible perhaps, that someone else could take the punishment on our behalf?

Now we have it! This is how sin can be dealt with, and dealt with once for all. Sadly, there has never been a man good enough to take the punishment, except one. The man who was also God. Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth, lived a perfect life equipping him to take our punishment, and he died for us. He took the punishment even though it caused his death. The God we sinned against is the same God who took the punishment for us. Amazing isn’t it! I don’t understand it any more than you but that’s what the Bible teaches. We are spiritually dead, but if we trust that Jesus died for us we will be born again. We will be given a new life that can be lived with God for all eternity.

Bible Reference:

  • Romans 5:12