“But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not 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.’” vss. 4-5
This well-known story from Genesis was carefully crafted to describe the origin and the consequence of sin…and it pretty much nails the truth of it! Sin finds its roots in the human desire to be like God, to have charge of things, and also to be immortal. Some have described this as a rebellion against God, an attempt to live in the world on our own terms, and to reject even the existence of God. We see this impulse acted out every single day in the futile efforts of humans to control and manage creation. Our self-centeredness is lamentable and the consequences are legion. All around us sin and death wreak havoc on the goodness of God’s intentions. Our opened eyes make us fully aware of evil’s presence in our lives and in the world. Any semblance of innocence has been long forgotten. We catch a glimpse of that loss as we watch our children lose their naivete and become aware of how nasty life can be. Oh how we long for things to be different! How we wish that the harmony of Eden could be recaptured! And it can…but only in bits and pieces! God does not reject us in our rebellion but continues to support and bless us, and by the gift of forgiveness gives us daily doses of peace and love.
Thought for the Day: Are humans essentially evil or good?