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We have a problem

August 23, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

With the recent conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for child molestation and priests doing the same a number of years ago, there seems to be a problem with human sexual misbehavior whether in secular or religious institutions.

The secular institution is a place where human intellect and enlightenment is held in high esteem especially the area of knowing right from wrong.

The church also declares the truth of right and wrong and yet bad things happen. What and why is there a problem?

First what is the problem? Sin is the problem.

Where did sin come from or why is there sin? The Bible says in Genesis chapters two and three after the creation of the universe and man in six days, He placed man in the Garden and gave him one rule to follow Gen. 2:17" must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil..." Being deceived by satan, believing that God was keeping something from them (knowing good and evil), wanting to be like God, man and woman disobeyed and ate the fruit.

Their eyes were really opened, realizing they didn't have any clothes on and in an effort to hid their nakedness, tried to cover up with leaves. God inquired about the leaves and the blame/rationalizing game began and continues to this day as we have inherited this sin nature from Adam and Eve. He killed animals and made clothes to cover their sin. We are not good. We cannot self improve no matter how hard we try or the volumes of self help books we read. Our sin nature prevents us from succeeding. If we can't self help, what do we do? We need to come to the place the Apostle Paul came to in Romans 7:15, 24 and 25 "For what I am doing, I do not do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do...O wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord." Jesus, "...the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29b, was killed by God, covering our sin.

My part, Sandusky's part, the priest's part and anyone else's part is to admit that they are sinners, need a savior and ask Jesus to save them from their sins.

Layle French




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