Life is a miracle but good and evil have resided within it since the fall of man. Why and what are we supposed to do in response to this problem? What does science, the Bible, and the ancients tell us? Maybe by comparing the outcomes of the three we can bring to light the trustworthiness of the divine Word.
In his book, Mere Christianity, CS Lewis puts his readers into the role of the Creator to see how our moral character would respond if we stepped into the shoes of God.
“Did you ever think, when you were a child, what fun it would be if your toys could come to life? Well suppose you could really have brought them to life. Imagine turning a tin soldier into a real little man. It would involve turning the tin into flesh. And suppose the tin soldier did not like it He is not interested in flesh; all he sees is that the tin is being spoilt He thinks you are killing him. He will do everything he can to prevent you. He will not be made into a man if he can help it.
What you would have done about that tin soldier I do not know…”
What would you do in this situation? How would you respond?
What we often find is that if we were in the very shoes of God then our response to Him would be vastly different than how He has responded to us.
Throughout this week we have learned that God’s Word is a message that we have placed our faith in according to the implications that we get from it. In turn, God’s Word is true for those who have faith in it.
What is the message that is described in Genesis chapter 1 that not many other religions agree with?
Even though we are good, we still are in a situation where sin is all around us. How did we get into this situation? By following our pride to be like God, or really, more than God.
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths."
- Genesis 3:1-7
Who was responsible for the fall of humanity?
Was eating the fruit the cause for sin entering the world?
The snake, the woman handing the fruit to her husband, these tangible acts were a response to something that was within the heart. The fruit proclaimed that superiority over God was preferred by us. This superiority is the propelling force behind why the foundation of humanity chose to reject a loving God and embrace pride over worship.
Darwin would probably say that this act is simply the development of our species. We are becoming more and more adapted to our nature to be the superior race.
Would you agree with Darwin that this is a glimpse into the development of our species?
The writers of the Enuma Elish would show us as enslaved to the gods, probably destroyed for being such rebellious slaves. What would you say in response to this?
But what does the God of the Bible tell us?
“And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.”
- Genesis 3:21-24
God did not mess up the splendor of the garden but He did enact the repercussions of the failure of mankind. To give access for man to have life while being in sin would doom us to an eternity of suffering and pain. God could not do such a thing to us in His mercy. God knows that we cannot love him enough, therefore He made a way to crush the one who opened the doors of temptation that leads us to destruction.
Amidst our rejection, what was the response of God?
When was a time when you rejected God? Be honest and share.
Through our rejection, what is the worse discipline from God?
We fell yet God still chose to reveal himself to us again by becoming a man to die for you and I. God is not done yet. He still has more that need to see the life that He can give.