Seven Effects of the Fall (Sketch)

Paradise is a mere speed bump on the road to redemption. It only took the human race three chapters to ruin everything. By the sixth chapter of Genesis, God was ready to start over with one man, Noah, and his family. At the end of the Bible we see a vision of paradise restored. But most of the Bible is about the messy in between, living life in a fallen world while we wait with hope for our returning King.

This is a graphic I sketched to illustrate seven effects of the fall that I discuss in my book Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World. Feel free to use it as a teaching resource if it is helpful. One of my favorite stories about how this has been used comes from a church I preached at on this topic where the graphic was used the following week to share the gospel with someone. In some ways, it is an overview of the entire biblical story of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation.