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Why is natural man's reaction to God's call, spiritually, the same as Adam's, as we read it in Genesis 3:9-10? "And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself."



Does sin only produce separation between people and God, or does it also separate people? What evidences of both can you observe in our society today?



 

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

- Revelation l4:10-11

 

    Cindy always enjoyed talking with her mother. Usually the day after an evening's activity, Cindy enjoyed sharing and talking about everything which took place.

    Last evening, however, Cindy had lied to her parents. She told them she was going to a school event with her usual friends, but she actually went to another place with others.

    The following morning, Cindy felt very uncomfortable. She delayed going to the breakfast table and stayed in her room. She felt afraid to be in her mother's presence. She started to think of lies, like fig leaves, to cover the naked truth. She couldn't describe her feelings in words, but she felt naked and afraid of being in her mother's presence, and yet guilty for wanting to avoid her.

    How are the results from sin the same today as they have been from the beginning? How are Cindy's feelings in the presence of her mother similar to Adam and Eve's in God's presence?

Eternal death is the eternal punishment of sinners in both soul and body in hell. This is the fullest extent of God's punishment of sin. It is the ultimate consequence of man's fall. In hell, sinners are fully given over to themselves and God's wrath against sin is fully poured out. Here they are completely separated from a gracious God, being not only separated from God's saving grace, but also from any blessings of common grace. Eternal death in hell is spoken of in Scripture as being without intermission, mixture, or end. Here unrepenting sinners will eternally experience what it means to willfully sin against an eternal, infinite, holy, and righteous God.


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