The Fall – An Explanation of Sin and Suffering


Getting started

1Tell about an unhealthy food or bad habit that you find irresistibly tempting.

2Have you ever given into a temptation that you deeply regretted later on? (Only share if you are comfortable to do so).

A look at the Bible

And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.

Genesis 2: 16-17

You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized they were naked…

Genesis 3:3, 6-7.

3What is one of the things you find most disappointing about our planet as it currently is?

4What does the Bible (in Genesis 3 to 11) explain as being the root of the problem? Are we capable of breaking free of this addiction without His help?

5With regard to our sin, what does God want from us, and why?

Possible Discussion Question

6What do we learn about God from this account?

Our Response

7Can you see areas in your own life where sin has a grip on you? Are there any habits or behaviours you could confess to God, and ask Him to help you change?


Dear God, we recognise that we have made a mess of our planet through our choices. Our sins, both great and small, have produced so much suffering. We admit our wrongs, and that we need your help to change.

Please forgive me for the wrongs I have done, and help me to change. Show me the things I can do each day so I can become better. Help me to break free of wrong ways of thinking and living, to embrace new and more healthy patterns. Throughout my life, help me to become more and more like Jesus – your Son on earth, and the most selfless and loving person to have ever lived.


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