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We agree with you, as far as you go, but what you are saying could also lead to an understanding that God created sin, which did not happen. God gave us free will because He loved us, and not that He wanted us to sin, so we need to look beyond the sin of disobedience and look to God's intent. Yes, God allowed us to sin, but He wanted us to be obedient. This is one of the reasons that we are told that obedience is better than sacrifice.
Yes, original sin occurred, but that doesn't mean that we have to accept living in it. In Matthew 6:10, didn't Jesus teach us to pray for our heavenly Father's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven? And in Matthew 5:48, didn't Jesus command it to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect? Then, if He did, shouldn't we be doing everything in our power to accomplish this? If there is no death or pain or suffering in heaven, should we be doing everything we can to eliminate these things from our own lives and the world around us?
While you're looking at Romans, please don't skip over chapter 8, and particularly what we are told beginning at verse 18. We are trying to encourage people to become the loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God who will free creation from its present corruption. And, we'd like you to join us in our efforts.
We look forward to hearing back from you.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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