ADAM-and-EVE EXPERIENCES


Here’s a good one from our own Lee Pierce.  I’ve had many of these same questions…but I think this post should clear things up!  Enjoy!-anita

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I was thinking the other day about a book written awhile back entitled “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People.” Many times I’ve heard individuals bring up that book in the context of arguing that: how can there even be a God if He lets bad things happen to good people. And they often take the thought further and posit: there can’t be a God when you look around and see all the war, hate, crime, natural disasters and suffering taking place. They then often conclude the thought process by saying something like, “If there is a God and He allows all of that to happen, I don’t want any part of Him!”

But bad things do happen to good people. My first thought in reaction to that fact is this: so why wouldn’t they; why are we surprised. Many of the “bad” things that happen to good people are due to the bad things perpetrated by other people. An exception might be disease but even that is the result of God’s “good” creation (as He originally formed it) struggling (groaning) under the burden of sin found throughout creation, due to us and our sins.

We naturally—in our sin nature—gravitate to sin and sinful things. Sin seems to come quite naturally to us. Believe me, I’m not happy that this is the case but, at the same time, I can’t deny the fact. I sin all the time and I would believe that you do too!

But our God does not sin. There’s a great passage in Habakkuk that speaks to what we’re talking about here.  In Habakkuk 1:13 the prophet says, “Thine eyes are too pure to approve evil, and [cannot] look on wickedness with favor.” Habakkuk goes on to question the Lord as to why He allows these bad things to happen to His people. But God does not initiate sin or sinful acts; we do that quite well all by ourselves! Yet God can take our sinful acts and make beautiful results out of them. In my own life, I’ve made many poor (sinful) choices that God managed to turn into very positive outcomes to His glory!

So Habakkuk has a clear answer for how we should conduct ourselves as sin pervades around us: Live by faith (Hab 2:4b). And I love the conclusion of the book of Habakkuk. Even as he waits for the “day of distress” (Hab 3:16) he is able to “exult in the Lord” (Hab 3:18) and rejoice in Him. The prophet says God gives him feet like hinds (deer) feet and makes him walk “…on my high places.” (3:19)

But there was more to my musing on this subject. Why did there even have to be sin in the first place? Couldn’t God have just created us and the earth without any sin? He could have, of course, but that sounds a lot like Heaven. And clearly, God didn’t want to create us as a bunch of automatons, maybe with latex-like “skin” and a computer-like brain all pre-programmed to act in prescribed ways to any circumstance. Rather, He gave us a heart and soul and allowed us the ability to exercise free will. And, as was clear in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve (just like every one of the rest of us would do) made a choice to do exactly what God told them not to do. And I can guarantee you, I’ve had my share of Adam-and-Eve experiences, often with very bad consequences. So, we have the ability to always choose from multiple choices but with a pronounced proclivity to make the bad (sinful) choice. And, so we live. And, thus, we need a savior. Thanks be to God He has provided One.

By: Lee Pierce

2 thoughts on “ADAM-and-EVE EXPERIENCES

  1. I philosophy classes they call this conundrum “The Problem of Evil”. The problem of evil posits the question: If there is a god who is all knowing, all powerful, AND all good, then how can there be evil in the world. The question has been with us a long, long time. One of the early church fathers, St. Augustine, offered an answer to the Problem of Evil that most of the church holds to even today. It is called St. Augustine’s Theodicy, and it answers the question saying: God, is good, all powerful, and all knowing, but he ALLOWS his creatures to exercise FREE WILL. And most of us moderns take that to suggest that therefore with free will any LOVE we creatures express back to God is then genuine love and not some programed mechanical response.

    I would like to add one more element to the thought. Those who posit the problem of evil could also posit the Problem of Good! After all, the world is not entirely evil. Yes, real evil is running loose in the world alright, and it does significant damage, but likewise Good is there too. Real good. And it happens both to good and bad people as well.

    So… if someone wants to discuss the problem of evil, you might just turn it around and ask them to explain Good too! That too is just as hard to explain.

    However, the biblical worldview tells us that evil is not equal to good. The world God, the Good God of creation, created was created Good. Evil invaded as an intruder, but not as an equal with the creator and has not succeeded in a total take over either. In fact, evil, in this world view, is a parasite on Good, and it needs Good in order to exist.

    So… here’s some really good news about good and evil: Evil NEEDS Good for existence and will never fully extinguish Good even when it does it’s worst. And in fact it cant. On the other hand, Good does not need evil to exist, and hopefully one day will finally be rid of it altogether!

    Praise God! I live for that day.

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