This is part of a series of kids talks I’m doing in the morning service at Banstead Community Church based on the New City Catechism.
Big Question #9 – Did God create us unable to keep His law? [NCC Q14]
Powerpoint Pictures: Pictures to illustrate a Headache, Sore Throat, Runny Nose, Cough, Temperature
If you woke up one day and you had a headache, a sore throat, a runny note, a bit of a cough, and a high temperature, what have you probably got?
These are all symptoms of a virus.
The common cold virus.
And it is likely that you will pass it on to someone else in your family or your class at school.
I want us to think about another virus.
A virus everybody has. I have it. You have it. Everyone around the world and who has ever lived (apart from one man) has it.
The sin virus.
All people are born sinners and we know this because everyone sins. We’ve seen that since the fall no human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly. No-one loves God and loves their neighbour as they should and in doing so breaks God’s law.
But has it always been this way?
That’s what our next big question asks. Let’s look at it now…
Q: Did God create us unable to keep His law?
Were human beings right from the very beginning unable to obey God’s Word perfectly.
Were Adam and Eve created as sinners?
They were made very good.
They were able to keep God’s law in the Garden of Eden by loving God and one another.
But when tempted by Satan, they chose to disobey God’s command by eating fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
As soon as they did this, they became sinners. They caught the sin virus. And since then it has spread to every human being.
“…through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners.” (Romans 5:19)
So what is the answer to the question, “Did God create us unable to keep His law?”
It is this:
A: No, but because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, we are all born in sin and guilt, unable to keep God’s law.
Let’s say the question and answer out loud together.
Did God create us unable to keep His law? No, but because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, we are all born in sin and guilt, unable to keep God’s law.