If the virus is allowed to continue its viral hijacking, it will completely rewrite the cell’s genetic code and take control of how the cell functions and reproduces. Viruses, in effect, turn healthy cells into factories that reproduce new viruses, which are then released to take over more and more cells, repeating the process as the body’s health deteriorates.
In a Borg-like assault (“Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.”) on the body, viruses invade healthy cells and seek to change them at a genetic level. Viruses don’t destroy cells, they gain control of cells and then use the corrupted cells to further their attack on the body.
Sin functions a lot like that. Sin is a kind of spiritual virus that invades our being at a much more rudimentary level than we realize. We trivialize sin when we reduce it to a list of Do’sand Don’ts and then condemn those who fail to live up to our list. Sin is much more insidious that that. Like a virus, sin is an aberration in God’s universe.It is not a living thing, created by God; it is alien to God’s original creation, which He pronounced “Good!” Sin was spawned in the Fall of man, when Evil invaded God’s creation. Creation is now a slave to the law of sin and death.
The virus of sin exists for the purpose of injecting its corrupted “genetic matter” into its victims. Sin infects our thinking, corrupts our affections and perverts our desires. A darkening shadow of self-deception blinds us to truth and causes our hearts to stray from God. Our spiritual immune system weakens. Our ability to resist temptation is compromised.
As Christians—born again by the Spirit and therefore part of the new creation in Christ—sin is alien to who we are. Nevertheless, we must be vigilant in guarding our hearts and reinforcing our spiritual immune system through fellowship with Christ, feeding on God’s Word and exercising our faith through active involvement in service for Christ.