Tuesday, 14 December 2010
I talked previously about the irrelevance of sin in a post-modern culture. On second thought, what I have observed is that we are in a post-post-modern culture, if that is possible. Postmodernity has been thrust out as well, unable to answer the questions of modernity at all. In this post, I am intending to outline the origin of sin, and how sin is a relevant topic, more so, because sin ultimately and above all leads to death. Note I borrowed heavily from the book “Sinfulness of Sin” by Ralph Venning in this post.
Generally, sin is against the well being of man. When Adam was put in the Garden of Eden to begin with, all the creatures came to him and were under his control (Genesis 2v.19). The man was in a serene paradise with nothing more than he could want, he had direct contact with God without having to hide or fear from God (Genesis 3v.8). He had the Woman, and she was beautiful and they were united and content (Genesis 2v.24). All of creation was under his control and there was no sickness or pain or suffering. Man was a complete and very good creation.
But when Man sinned, he was turned out of his home, gone were the good land and the paradise. He was thrust out of the Garden of Eden to become like a beggar, living by his own hands and to produce sustenance by the sweat of his brow. (Genesis 3v.19) Mankind was cursed and from his once great status as friends of God, became fugitives from God. What a paradigm shift that sin brings about to our state!
Sin deprives us of our livelihood and makes us lose all point to living by removing God from the center of our lives. Once we were born of a high lineage, when we begin to consider how great it would have been to have the Lord of Lords describe us as “very good”. Moreover, we have been fashioned in the image of a Holy Almighty God, and by sin alone we forfeited it all to follow our own false judgment.
Sin made man stupid and a fool. Note that after the sin when men tried to hide from God, the passage goes:
“The Lord called out to the man and asked, “Where are you?” The man answered, “I was naked, and when I heard you walking through the garden, I was frightened and hid”.
Obviously man knows that God is omnipotent, so why try to hide from an all-knowing and all-seeing God? Adam had become hardened in heart from sin. They did not come out and beg for forgiveness, he was still proud in heart and slow to admit he had wronged an all-powerful God. This plays out in society today, there is a bitter generation that cannot let go of their childhood, destroying and eating away at their lives. They are not able to forgive, nor are they able to forget. Justifying evil because of evils done to them, not willing to turn their other cheek.
In the first sin, Adam sought to challenge God and blame the wife, turning the blame from himself onto “The woman YOU put you put her with me”. His assertion was that it was God’s fault that he sinned, and no doing of his own. Michael Yousuf attributes sin as the main reason for so many divorces today. He’s totally right, that in so many marriages, if people would just admit they themselves are in the wrong without blaming others. This point was clear in the book I am reading for a counseling course I am participating in, by Jay Adams as well.
Finally, sin removes our comfort and joy. It says:
“In sorrow shall you eat all the days of your life.” Genesis 3v.17.
Sin degrades man and defiles him, we were made a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8v.5) but now post-Fall we are almost as low as the devils. Man was once a companion for God himself, but sin has separated God and man with a giant void. Sin brings in all suffering and heartache to all human lives, much of the suffering which we are so familiar with. God accursed Adam and Eve, as representatives of mankind:
“I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children…Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you." (Genesis 3v.16, 17-18).
Man has changed from being a lord in the Garden of Eden to a slave to the lusts and fancies of his heart.
How relevant do you think the story of the Garden of Eden is to our lives today? Do you think about it often?