Abraham and Lincoln
Abraham and Lincoln are old friends who like to make it their habit to meet up with each other, at least once per week, to encourage one another and to discuss their bible queries. They believe that friends should always remain friends, and should build on that relationship. Now part of that promotion, they believe, should be directed towards communing with each other.
Because God has given mankind the choice of liberty through Christ Jesus (John 3:16, Gal. 5:1) they have accepted this freedom, and have applied a few principles of this freedom by exercising their continuous love and friendship for each other (John 13:34-35).
Now in one of their meetings, Abraham and Lincoln began to discuss the age old question, “What is the origin of sin?” Let us see what they have found concerning this aged old question.
Episode 1 – The Origin of Sin?
It was about three o’clock in the evening and the sun was on its way to setting. Abraham and Lincoln were both sitting with a foot of space between them. They both were taking in the cool evening breeze as it sweetly caressed their faces.
Lincoln said to Abraham, “This morning after I had finished my devotion and was getting ready to have my breakfast this intriguing query came to my mind, ‘how did sin come to be?’ I started to look into the matter, and came across Genesis chapter three, but yet I did not find the answer to the question that moved my mind in this direction.”
Abraham looked at him and said, “This certainly is an intriguing question that seems to have baffled many scholars over the years, but God’s word always proves to be truthful. We need not search very far to receive the answer to this aged old question.”
“Well my good friend, enlighten me with the Word of God, for to this we were called, to love and to encourage one another (1 Thess. 5:11, Heb. 3:13),” answered Lincoln.
With his eyes still fixed on him, Abraham said, “We can find this answer in 2 Peter 2:4. Jude also spoke on this in Jude 1:6.”
“Ah, yes!” replied Lincoln. “Now my mind is directed to both passages. I wonder why they didn’t come to mind this morning,” he looked at the unending ripples moving across the lake as they headed toward shore and then began to recite 2 Peter 2:4, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment” (NIV). He then looked across to Abraham and did the same for Jude 1:6, “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day” (NIV).
Abraham, with a Cheshire grin, began to explain why he found the origin of sin in the two passages. “In 2 Peter 2:4 we learned that the angels sinned. In Jude 1:6 we learned how they sinned, ‘they did not keep their positions of authority’.” He began to elaborate more and said, “Now the angels broke God’s command by not keeping their assigned posts, for this we have read in Jude 1:6. Now to break God’s command is to do what is contrary to God, and so they sinned against God.”
With a grand smile that could light up the sky, Lincoln responded, “But how can we explain the account of 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6 as being the first instant of sin, and the origin of sin?”
Abraham replied, “The same way that I have explained it to you. The mind that is wanting of the Word of God will understand that the angels were made before humankind, for even Job spoke of the angels rejoicing while the earth was being formed” (Job 38:4-7).
“So then the breaking of the command is sin,” retorted Lincoln. “The angels broke God’s command and so they sinned, hence the origin of sin. But, Adam and Eve also sinned against God in the Garden of Eden.”
“Let’s leave this for our next meeting,” replied Abraham.