How the World got Broken

—Romans 5:12–19

  • Andrew Fountain – May 26, 2019

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1. What God is like

  1. How God is different to us
  2. Qualities we share with God
  3. Our experience of God
  • First the Old Testatment, then the New

2. God and the Spirit World

  1. The Different Kinds of Beings in Existence
  2. The Pagan world view and avoiding it
  3. Evil & Suffering—It’s Origin & Destiny
  • Our Response

Pagan world view


Angels & Demons

Ancestors (and their blessings and curses)

Priests/Shamans/Gurus/Witch Doctors

Ordinary people

Follower of Jesus


      Created being with a body
Created spirit beings
(angels & demons)

Plan for today

  • Something has gone wrong!
  1. The source of the problem
  2. Where we are now
  3. Restoring a broken world
  4. Living in victory over the same temptation

The Stanford Prison Experiment

“What happens when you put good people in an evil place?

Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph?

These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in 1971 at stanford university.”

–Professor Philip G. Zimbardo

The Stanford Prison Experiment

“How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress.”

–Professor Philip G. Zimbardo

What went wrong

  • Adam & Eve, the first humans, were put in a perfect reality
  • A place of order, harmony, beauty and perfect love, but surrounded by chaos
  • Their task was to spread this harmony over the whole earth
  • The stability of this reality depended on them maintaining their allegiance to God
  • This enabled his life to be constantly flowing into them
  • They were given a very simple thing to mark their allegiance—don’t eat from a particular tree

Genesis 3:15

God said to Satan on behalf of Eve:

“…her offspring will crush your head”

Plan for today

  • Something has gone wrong!
  1. The source of the problem
  2. Where we are now
  3. Restoring a broken world
  4. Living in victory over the same temptation

2. Where we are now

So when humans first disobeyed God, it was more than a small mistake, it was an act of defiant rebellion that severed this relationship.

This perfect universe became spoiled and broken, sickness and death entered the world, and every child born inherited this brokenness.

What was most broken was the human spirit, now that it was separated from God. Instead we became centred on ourselves and often see God’s laws as restrictions, keeping us from happiness.

Common Grace

  • But every human carries the “image of God”
  • Beauty, creativity, love, self-sacrifice, sometimes in extraordinary ways.
  • Yet tainted by unwillingness to give allegiance to the God who gave these gifts

3. Restoring a broken world

  • How did God go about keeping his promise to Eve?
  • A new human re-runs the same test that Eve and Adam failed
  • link to Romans 5:12–19

Plan for today

  • Something has gone wrong!
  1. The source of the problem
  2. Where we are now
  3. Restoring a broken world
  4. Living in victory over the same temptation

4. Living in victory over the same temptation

  • Satan is a liar which is the root of his temptation

The three aspects of Temptation

  • 1 John 2:
  1. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
  • Genesis 3 has the same three kinds:
  1. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

A. The Desires of the Flesh

  • All our physical needs and wants
  • Satan suggested that Jesus (like Adam) had a legitimate complaint against God
  • Jesus was hungry and God hadn’t provided bread for him—why shouldn’t he provide for himself?
  • Have you ever felt like that?

B. The Desires of the Eyes

  • Culture, art, science
  • houses, gardens
  • cars, home electronics
  • Films, literature, drama, music
  • education, technology
  • & the great achievments of mankind

C. The Pride of Life

  • To be worth something—to be recognized
  • This is to a large extent relational: wanting to be thought highly of
  • It is what is behind exaggeration
  • Gossip (“I am someone who knows lots of things about people—you will find me interesting to talk to!”)
  • Telling stories that set you in a good light
  • Desire for power, fame & recognition

We don’t need Satan to be tempted: James 1

  1. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
  2. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Answering temptation

  • There is more joy in Jesus than in anything this world has to offer. (Which is the answer to Satan’s lie).
  • Whom will you follow?