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There are only two groups of people in this world—one belongs to God, the other to the devil. There is no neutral position. The children of God are those who have repented and believed in Christ Jesus. They are redeemed by His precious blood and born again of the Holy Spirit. They have received the life of the Son of God. They have God’s word abiding in them, and they cannot sin because they have been born of God. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. From this, the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God (see 1 John 3:8–10).

Man was created by God. After God had created all things, He made man and let him have dominion over the whole earth. God said, ‘‘Let Us [the triune God] make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’’ (Gen. 1:26). Therefore, man is a triune being: spirit, soul, and body. The body is for contacting the material world. The soul is for analyzing things (mind), expressing your feelings (emotions), and carrying out your desires (willpower). And the spirit is for experiencing spiritual matters—for understanding the relationship between God (the Creator) and men, and for worshiping Him.

God created man to be like Him, represent Him, glorify Him, and satisfy Him. In the beginning, when Adam and Eve were created, God gave them a nature that was holy, good, righteous, and kind. He also gave them a happy and healthy life. In the Garden of Eden, they led a joyful, comfortable, peaceful, and blessed life. They had close fellowship with God. God commanded the man, saying, ‘‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’’ (Gen. 2:16–17). However, the serpent (the devil) tempted the woman Eve, saying, ‘‘You will not surely die’’ (Gen. 3:4). He only altered the word of God slightly, and Eve was deceived. She not only ate the fruit herself, but also gave it to Adam. Thus, sin entered the world. Adam sinned and was driven out of the paradise. After that, man ate bread in the sweat of his face. Agony, sorrow, poverty, weakness, diseases, calamities, and death followed sin into the world. Although Adam still physically lived after eating the forbidden fruit, his spirit was dead and he could no longer fellowship with God. Today, men are born with a sinful life inherited from Adam. All men have the nature and deeds of sin—original sin (from Adam) and personal sin (committed by oneself). Sin brings punishment and judgment, and it alienates men from God. Consequently, sinners have no real peace. Men will not draw near to God or be reconciled with Him unless they trust in the precious blood of Jesus, to be forgiven of their sins, and have their spiritual lives revived (born again). You may ask, “Adam’s eating of the fruit was such a small matter, why did God punish him so severely that the entire human race has to suffer?” Sin did not come because of eating the fruit, but because man obeyed Satan and violated the commandment of God. The most serious sin is disobeying God.