The Fourth Oldest Sin: It's Your Fault

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The fourth human sin recorded in Scripture was blame-shifting (Genesis 3).(1) 

We don’t find a single word of repentance in Adam and Eve’s explanations of the fall. Instead of confessing and asking God’s forgiveness, Adam and Eve excused their sins by blaming someone else.

Adam blamed Eve and indirectly blamed God for giving him Eve:

“The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Eve blamed the serpent:

“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Ever since that fateful day, human beings have become experts at blame-shifting. 

But we can't blame Satan (James 4:7).

We can't blame parents (Ezekiel 18:20).

And we can't blame circumstances (Philippians 4:12-13; 1 Corinthians 10:13). 

Whenever we start to blame anyone or anything for our sins, we need to read James 1:12-15, especially verses 14-15:

"Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions."
(1) The First 4 Human Sins Recorded in God's Word:
➧ Eve rejected God’s words (Oldest Sin in the Book).
➧ Adam gave in to ungodly peer pressure (Second Oldest Sin).
➧ They both tried to hide from God (Third Oldest Sin).
➧ They began blame-shifting (Fourth Oldest Sin).

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  1. What if God had destroyed Satan instead of merely casting him out of heaven. Do you think Adam and Eve would have still sinned?

    1. An interesting question, Mike.

      I actually think they would have because Satan tempts people, but he cannot force us to sin.