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If we die because we've sinned, why don't we live forever if we haven't?

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Thanks for your important question about sin and eternal life. This matter gets right to the heart of our problem as the human race.

You pose your question as though it is possible not to sin. However, the first thing to realise is that we have all sinned. We read that death came to all people, because all sinned (Romans 5:12). If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us (1 John 1:8-10).

This may seem strange, but sin is more than breaking certain rules with our behaviour; we sin in our heart all the time. Jesus said that to inherit eternal life we need to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind; and to love our neighbour as ourselves (Luke 10:25-28). This should be easy; God made us, loves us and is the source of every good gift (James 1:17), and we are not better than other people – why wouldn’t we love them as much as we love ourselves? But sadly since Adam, humanity has been in rebellion against the love of God, and we don’t love him or other people the way we should.

Sin actually means "to fall short", so to sin is not just the failure to keep a rule, it is to have hearts that fall short of the love that we should have for each other, and for most importantly, for God.

We cannot achieve God’s standards by our own efforts; even if we could perfectly control our behaviour, our heart is much harder to rule.

However, Jesus is the one person who did love and obey God (John 14:31), and that righteousness is available as a gift to everyone who comes to Jesus, repenting of their sin and trusting him for forgiveness: For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Romans 5:17).

In summary, we must all ask God for forgiveness because all of us have sinned. Only Jesus can pay for our sins because he never sinned. His death on the cross paid for our sins and his resurrection from the dead showed his power over death. If you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, I encourage you to do so today.

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