Mankind's Most Feared Enemy (6 of 20) by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591


"Mankind's Most Feared Enemy"
Genesis 2 & 3
Print 287, CT 110132

If I were to ask you this morning what is mankind's most feared enemy, I believe
after a few moments of thought, most of you would say "cancer." Think about it for a
moment. Cancer never murders. Cancer never robs. Cancer never rapes. Cancer
never abuses children. Cancer never sponsors spouse abuse. Cancer never starts a
war. Cancer never abducts children and forces them into pornographic situations.
No, there is a greater fear and enemy than cancer. The Bible calls it "sin." We
write laws because of this enemy. We put bolts on our doors because of this enemy.
We have to sign contracts because of this enemy. We have to have laws and law
enforcement agencies because of this enemy. Mankind's most feared enemy is not
cancer, as much as we should pray for someone to develop a cure so that it can be
quickly irradicated. As much suffering as it causes, there is one enemy that is greater
and that enemy is sin.
Open your Bibles to Genesis, chapters 2 and 3. Let's look at it and continue to
lay the basis for our faith and our hope so that we can understand who we are, who
Christ is, what He has done for us, and how He has dealt with this enemy called sin.
If I asked you today what is the cause of sin, I'm sure there would probably be
many different answers. When you go back to the Bible and see how God made us
originally, it really makes you even more heartsick to see what has happened.
Genesis 1, verse 27, God said, "Let us make man in our image."
We are unique. We are made in the image of God. Then He said to man, 'You
are to rule over everything that I have created." The word rule there does not mean to
abuse, but to use--animals, the environment. So He made man unique, and He made
man superior to His creation. We are very unique individuals w ...

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