Sometimes we can’t help but notice the downward spiral of society that nauseates our spirit. Why is it that society does not spiral upwards to a better, safer, kinder more just society? Why is it easier to degenerate than to upgrade as a human being?
I think God knew that left to ourselves we tend to evilness. This is the evilness that our fore-parents Adam and Eve genetically gave to us. It wasn’t supposed to be this way at all. Adam and Eve were made perfect and placed in a paradise. They had everything their hearts desired, safety, security, creativity, provision, perfect location, beauty, animals, and the most spectacular…total communion with God. They hung out together, walked and talked in the cool breeze of the day. Adam had pleasant tasks to do like naming the animals, and gardening, but he didn’t actually have the bitterness of survival work.
Also, it seems that in paradise Eve was not even given a job at all. Perhaps her job was just to hang around under some apple tree drinking blue bubbly water and delighting her man, Adam. He probably would take her exploring the garden and introducing her to the animals she didn’t know. After all, Adam was master of paradise and she, Eve, was practically his made-to-order bride sent by God. The creator must have detected that perhaps Adam was lonely. That perhaps he needed someone to talk to and someone to be his helper, so… Voila! There was beautiful Eve! God had made them with reproductive organs to produce more perfect humans, like themselves and live in the best location in the world… paradise. So how did we get from such sublime life to the nauseous stench of what life is today?
It is called sin. Eve, according to the Bible was fooled by Satan that came to her in the form of a serpent. Normally women don’t sit around talking to snakes. But since it was the perfect paradise there was no fear against any of the animals. They must not have been a threat to anyone, but the Bible says that the snake was the craftiest of the animals. So Satan wanted to appear very “wise,” and Eve wanted to be wiser (Genesis chapter three). She was fooled. Adam on the other hand, was not fooled. He just chose to obey his woman instead of God.
God was testing their obedience and they failed. Sin entered them, and on being cast out of paradise, nature was also cursed. Notice God’s questioning of both Adam and Eve, he asks Adam, “Who?” He asks Eve “What?” We are still on chapter three of Genesis. When God turns his attention to the serpent he knew that Satan was the one that had infiltrated himself into paradise. So there was no need to ask any question from Satan, but just pronounce his sentence on him.
Sin was so powerful on mankind that nature was never the same again and out of the two first sons of Adam and Eve, the first one named Cain killed his own brother Abel. And so, as time goes by it seems that sin and man’s predilection towards evil increases with every generation. Because Satan knows that at the end of time he will be cast into hell with all who chose to follow him. He works doubly hard to destroy as many humans as possible.
So what is the answer to all this sin, begetting sin, begetting sin, begetting sin? It’s not a “what,” it is a “Who.” Jesus Christ came and died to take away the sin of the world, therefore reconciling humankind back to God’s fold and family.
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.
11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
The whole idea of being able to fight against the terrible things we see happening around us in society is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ into the heart of mankind.
Jesus Christ knew the only way to deal with the evilness of man was to start from the inside out with the transformation that the gospel brings. You might say, but the gospel doesn’t work, because I have seen plenty of Christians that have been the worst offenders in behavior against others. The secret is that God came to bring our spirit back to life to that reconciliation with him, but many so-called “Christians,” do not follow-up in strengthening their Christian walk by renewing their minds reading the Bible as a cleansing and teaching tool to erase their old thoughts and habits that so easily beset them.
And so wars continue, genocide, injustices, child abuse, robbery, perversion of every kind, murders, infanticides etc. and our stomachs churn in disgust and sadness.
Thanks for reading. Truly. I know these days Christianity gets a bad name, but the True Gospel is Real. If a true ideal is tarnished by someone, the ideal is not done away with. Any comment is welcome. I know religion can bring about all sorts of discussion so let’s discuss. After all this space on Sundays is sort of like a cyber church.