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Causes of sin

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Sin is the result of the fall, at which the creation rebels against God its Creator.

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Sin as a result of the devil’s activity

The devil’s instigation of the first sin

Genesis 3:13 KJV 1900
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.
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The devil’s role as tempter

1 Thessalonians 3:5 KJV 1900
For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
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The devil as the source of sinful behaviour

John 8:44 KJV 1900
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
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The sins of angels

2 Peter 2:4 KJV 1900
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
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Sin as a power in the world

Sin’s reign from the time of Adam

Romans 5:12 KJV 1900
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
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Sin uses the law to provoke sinful desires

Romans 7:5 KJV 1900
For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
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The world is under sin’s dominion

1 John 2:16 KJV 1900
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
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Sin is rooted in human nature

The human heart is dominated by sin

Jeremiah 17:9 KJV 1900
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
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Human nature is fundamentally opposed to God

Romans 8:5–8 KJV 1900
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
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The act of sinning

Sin results from giving in to evil desires

James 1:14–15 KJV 1900
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
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Sin results from the human desire to be like God

Genesis 3:5 KJV 1900
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.
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Sin results when the body is placed at sin’s disposal

Romans 6:13 KJV 1900
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
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Sin results from the influence of others

1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV 1900
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
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The seriousness of leading others into sin

Mark 9:42 KJV 1900
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
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