Series 1 - Lesson 6 - Annotation 5
How is sin the cause of what is called death?
5. The cause of death is belief in separation from life. This belief is sin for it falls short of God's plan of life for man. "The wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 6:23). Jehovah God (the Lord God) formed man and when He breathed into him the breath of life He gave man unlimited freedom to exercise the spiritual powers and capacities of his own being as he chose. The only mandate was that man should not take into his developing consciousness a belief in both good and evil for in so doing he would separate his consciousness from the Life Principle. This belief in separation would result in death or nonrecognitlon of the omnipotence of God, the Good.
The will, plan or intention of God is that man should maintain a perpetual, conscious connection between himself and Jehovah God, allowing the life current to move through him in an uninterrupted flow. Too often unenlightened man allows the limited desires and impulses of his feeling nature to sway him and he willfully disobeys the law. In so doing, man becomes separated in his consciousness from the life idea and accepts the belief in mortality. Man fails to realize his divine origin; fails to cooperate with the Author of his being. He uses his mental powers to build up a limited personal or sense consciousness, which is the cause of all the inharmony in the world today.
Jesus came to awaken the dead consciousness in man and through regeneration to redeem the whole man, to quicken man's consciousness of the life principle and to restore him to consciousness of his divine origin.