Well then, am I suggesting that these laws of God are evil ? Of course not! No, the law is not sinful but it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have know the sin in my heart, the evil desires that are hidden there, if the law had not said, you must not have evil desires in your heart. But sin used this law against evil desires by reminding me that such desires are wrong and arousing all kinds of forbidden desires within me! Only if there were no laws to break would there be no sinning.

That is why I felt fine so long as I did not understand what the law really demanded. But when I learned the truth, I realized that I had broken the law and was a sinner,doomed to die.

So as far as I was concerned, the good law which was supposed to show me the way of life resulted instead in my being given the death penalty. Sin fooled me by taking the good laws of God and using them to make me guilty of death. But still you see, the law itself was wholly right and good. But how can that be? Did not the law cause my doom? How then can it be good? No it's sin , devilish stuff that it is, that used what was good to bring about my condemnation. So you can see how cunning and deadly and damnable it is. For it uses God's good laws, for its own evil purposes. The law is good, then, and the trouble is not there but with me, because I am sold into slavery with Sin as my owner. I do not understand myself at all, for I really ought to do what is right, but I cannot. I do what I don't want to--- what I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking.

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