Thursday, September 24, 2015

"It's their (Adam and Eve's) fault!"

We can complain about being saddled with the decision of our first parents (Adam and Eve), feeling its not fair. After all, we didn't choose to rebel against God, they did!

However if you and I were given the exact same circumstances and choices, I propose we would have made the *exact same choice. 

And what was their decision? To attempt to operate contrary to their design; the way God made them i.e. to try to operate in complete independence from God instead of in total dependence on God; to be their own god.

But the reality is once they rebelled the ultimate solution was immediately promised (Genesis 3:15) and a temporary solution was provided (Gen 3:21). God did not abandon Adam and Eve but pursued them (even though they had abandoned him). There has never been a time when a solution hasn't been available. A solution that is available right now for each of us and has always been available from the outset of man's rebellion.

We can therefore walk away from the path our first parents choose and return to the original path we were created to walk on simply by accepting Gods solution to the problem **we created.  In effect, do exactly the opposite of what Adam did and trust God's promise. 

We cannot blame our first parents (or God) for our present condition because there always has been and now is a present solution. The simple fact that you are reading this is evidence God is pursuing you at this very moment, and in Christ, has done everything needed to restore you. All you need to do is accept his offer. 

God does not condemn us for our sin per se, we are already condemned for not accepting his solution offered to address our sin.

Joh 3:17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 

We now are the one responsible for acting contrary to our design, not our parents. We will be accountable for our choice, not theirs. It is our refusal to trust God and accept his present offer we are accountable for, not our parents refusal.

Wish to know more about the solution? click here.

For a more in depth discussion on what occurred at man's original rebellion click here


*So did God make a mistake in how he made us? I propose he made us exactly the way we are so we might know him truly as he is to greatest extent possible, thereby enjoying him to the greatest extent possible. There is mystery in this but I am suggesting this ultimately was not only for God's highest glory but also for our greatest good and joy. It comes down to we either trust he is good as he claims or we do not. 

**If we reject God's offer and solution, this further indicates we would have made the exact same choice Adam and Eve made given the same circumstances. 

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