5 Things Kids Must Know About Sin (#2 Where Does Sin Come From?)


This five part series expands on my answer to the question from Children’s Ministry Think Tank #5 on the Ministry-to-Children.com website. In my response to the question:

“How do you teach the doctrine of sin to children without harming their self-esteem? Especially with preschool children, how explicitly do you teach them about their own depravity? How do parents in your ministry respond to these issues?”

I noted five areas I believe children must be taught about sin in order to fully understand the concept. Those were:

  1. What is sin?
  2. Where does it come from?
  3. Who sins?
  4. What are the consequences of sin?
  5. What is the solution for sin?

In this installment, we will look teaching kids the answer to the question “Where Does Sin Come From?”

Where does sin come from?

Genesis 3 is very clear that sin and death entered the world through Adam and Eve’s choice to disobey God’s command.  This is a great story for kids (complete with a talking snake).  Coupled with Genesis 1 which lays out God’s awesome power and plan in creating the whole world, and Genesis 2 which explains how God created us in his image, Genesis 3 provides a great opportunity to talk to kids about how people rebelled against God’s perfect plan and sinned against God.  It also gives you a chance to explain that through that sin all kinds of ugly things associated with sin entered the world, and all future human beings were affected by that sin.

This can also be a great lead in to the next truth that they need to learn “who sins.”  The story in Genesis 3 tells how sin entered the world, and children can be taught that Adam and Eve’s sin was passed on to their children and their children and so on and so forth all the way down to us today.  In that way, sin is like a last name.  Kids get their last name from their parents who got it from their parents who got it from their parents and on and on and on.  In the same way that you don’t get to choose your last name (you’re just born with) you are also all born with sin, and that sin separates us from God.

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  1. Timothy King |

    You are mistaken about sin. It does not come from Adam and Eve it does not come from your parents or my parents. Sin is my own disobedience, my choice that follows the pattern of Adam and Eve their sin does not pass down to anyone. Read Ezekiel 18:20 "The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him." Children are not borne with sin they are borne perfect spotless and pure. Notice that no children are ever converted in the Bible? Why? Because they are not lost they are in a safe state with God.

  2. God Bless you, I would like to say that we all need a savior that is why Jesus came into the world. Children grow up and become adults who need Jesus as thier savior in order to receive eternal life (I am the way, the truth and the Life, no one comes unto the Father except through me). So children are born with a sinful nature that has to be given over to Jesus. As soon as a child learns of his sinful nature he has to repent and convert from his sin, and accepting the precious gift of eternal life that only comes from the blood of Jesus Christ. Again, may the Lord continue blessing you.