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The high and fatal price of sin - James C. Bell

When I was growing up as the middle child of our family, my older sister and younger brother and I got into trouble often.

Of course we were always caught, and then someone had to pay. Sometimes, we would try to blame others and tell a little lie, which was, in those days, called a "story."

Our mother would say to one of us, "Now don't you tell me a story!"

The truth always came out and we were justly punished. At times, we had to stand in the corner of the room for a while, or maybe get a stern "talking to." This would always require us to "look ashamed."

This was really hard for me, for I didn't like trying to look ashamed. Have you ever had to" look ashamed?" Try it. I know you won't like it.

We had to be "switched," too, for bigger offences, and we were terribly afraid for Dad to do this. We would beg Mother to switch us, rather than to wait for Dad to get home and administer our punishment.

I am not classifying our misbehavior as sin, but the punishment was a high price in our opinion.

The Holy Bible has much to say about sin and the high price many have had to pay. We can go back to the first family story of Cain murdering his brother, Abel.

For this act, Cain was cursed by God -- "You will be a restless wonderer on earth" -- and he was alienated from God.

Genesis, Chapter 6, tells us: "The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become - then He determined; 'I will wipe mankind from the face of the earth.'"

Only Noah and his family were saved. Proverbs 6:12 tells us, "A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth-who plots evil with deceit in his heart-disaster will overtake him in an instant-he will suddenly be destroyed."

There are several things the Lord hates-haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet quick to rush to evil, a false witness, who pours out lies. And, a man who stirs up dissention among his brothers.

This description of evil, sinful man sounds all too like our own civilization today. There is all too much sin in the world today, and it does require a high and fatal price. A famous preacher once said of sin: "There will be a payday-someday!"

The Holy Bible teaches that those who ignore God and continue to sin will one day be judged and condemned, thrown into the lake of fire.

See Revelations 20:15: "If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." Yes, sin does have a very high price, and someone is going to pay-either Jesus Christ will pay for the believer's sin or the unbeliever will pay for his sins forever by burning in the lake of fire.

Jesus Christ paid for all the sins of mankind and God has given us a choice: Choose Jesus and be faithful to Him and you will inherit heaven and eternal life. Choose to remain in sin and continue to ignore God, and you will pay a horrible price in Hell.

Will you choose Jesus Christ, and live forever in Heaven with Him, or will you choose the devil and pay the high and fatal price of sin?

I pray you will choose Jesus!