Quote of Note #88: Sin as Self-Destruction

Turkey vulture; photo by GAC

[In reference to sin as a “dangerous, predatory animal” in Genesis 4:7–“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” NIV]

“God is saying . . . that if Cain sins, his own sin will eventually consume him.  Sin is the suicidal action of the human soul against itself.  The image also implies that sin isn’t simply a passing action; sinful actions create a dark reality in your life that stays with you.  Sin creates bad habits; it creates distorted affections.  These things control you, and you start to lose control of yourself.  You’re surrendering to something that wants to kill you.”

Timothy Keller, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism.  New York: Viking, 2015, pages 172-173.


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