Wait…let’s rephrase that.
Why do bad things happen?
That is a more appropriate question since bad things seem to happen to good people, bad people, and everyone in between.
We can’t get away from the reality that the world is messed up. And if we have such a good God, why are the messed up parts even allowed to be here? Many people will look at the evils in our world and use their presence as an argument against the existence of God. As the church, we can’t shy away from engaging people who struggle in this area. And let’s be honest. We have probably all struggled to make sense of a good and loving God governing a broken and hurting world.
In this week’s lesson, we will learn the biblical answer to the question, “Why do bad things happen?” Paul wrote in Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…” According to Paul, the brokenness of our world is caused by sin in the world. This week we will see the entrance of sin into God’s good creation.
Sin ruptures the relationship we have with God, one another, and the world. Keep this main point in mind as you teach through Genesis 3.