Scripture Reading:
James 1:13-15; Gen. 4:16

“And Jehovah God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins and clothed them.”(Genesis 3:21)

Sins are only the first step of the long road that leads man away from God. Sins are conceived in our mind (James 1:13-15) and after they are conceived, they produce death. However, the world is more subtle and damaging than sins are. The world not only defiles and corrupts man but also usurps him and causes him to depart from God. Sin is against God's law, but the world is even worse because it is against the Person of God; it is against God Himself.

When Adam sinned, he was corrupted and defiled by sin. This defilement became a genetic disease which spread to all of mankind. Although Adam had committed such a great offense, he was still within God's reach; he was still in the garden of Eden within the sphere of God's care. Thus God could say to him, "Adam, where are you?" Adam was trying to hide from God, but because he was still within the realm of God's care, it was impossible for him to hide. Because Adam was still there, God could provide a way to recover him and redeem him. God made coats of skins for Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:21), indicating that blood, which typified redemption, had been shed.

In contrast, when Cain sinned the result was tragic. Genesis 4:16 says, "And Cain went forth from the presence of Jehovah…" Here we see a crucial difference. After Adam sinned, he remained in God's presence and was therefore able to be recovered by Him. It was not like that with Cain. Cain and his descendants went out from the presence of God and established a civilization without God. This is what happens when someone allows himself to be controlled by the world. Once Cain went out from the presence of God, he knew his wife, conceived a son and eventually built a city; and he did all this without God!

The Bible is very serious when it speaks about the world. We must be aware of how serious this is! The world not only wants to damage and defile you, it wants to make you leave God's presence so that you will lose God and become useless to Him. The world is against God and puts itself in His place. Do not forget: sin is against God's law but the world is against God Himself.

If the world is against God, why do we not see this clearly? The world's influence on us is very subtle and hardly noticeable. This is why many young Christians do not realize that they are being attracted by the world. The influence of the world in their life is much more dangerous than the influence of sin, precisely because of the fact that they are not aware of it.

Something that happened in my house is a good illustration of this. I am used to going to bed late. One day it was almost one in the morning and I was reading. All of a sudden I had such a bad headache that I was about to faint. I asked myself, "What is happening?" I thought maybe it was the gas. I went to the kitchen to make sure that the gas was turned off and it was, but it was still coming out. Then I discovered that there was a little opening because of a crack in the gas tank. I phoned the caretaker and we took the tank and put it in an empty place near the building. Then I went to check on my wife and children. They were stupefied under the effects of the gas and had headaches. Thank the Lord that I was awake. What if we had all been sleeping? This is how the world is. It comes into our home, into our mind and into our life in a very subtle way, clouding us and killing us little by little. It comes in more and more without us realizing it and when we wake up, it is too late. We have been occupied, usurped and possessed by the world and there is no opportunity for God to do anything. Although the world works in a way that is hardly noticeable, the damages it causes can be irreparable.

Key Point:
The world is against God
In what ways is the world worse than sin?