The Sin Experiment

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Genesis 2:17 – But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you shall eat of it you shall die." (RSV)

Have you ever heard of the computing acronym "GIGO" (garbage in; garbage out)? I once did an experiment to prove it.

I learnt, from one of my programming lectures, that if the computer's memory is supplied with an alphabetic character when it expects a numeric character, (or vice versa), "something goes wrong". Curiosity, (foolish curiosity, if I may term it so) demanded from me to know what this "something goes wrong" might be. I gave the computer input contrary to what it expected. The output I received was a system crash.

How often do we go on abusing God's leadings by experimenting with sin! It is wrong today to experiment with smoking, drinking, narcotics, just as it was wrong for Adam and Eve to seek censured knowledge by eating the forbidden fruit. "But using profanity, committing adultery, stealing … will only add to my knowledge, education and wealth; moreover, God excuses all sin," one will urge. Well, let us remember this too: "Knowledge of sin leads towards death."

O that we become as "wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16, KJV) to see the adversary's traps in these sin experiments!

Prayer: God, we pray that you would help us never to play with sin. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Joshua Abens Kayiwa
Kampala, Uganda

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