It Was Their Choice
Last week I wrote about Truth, and the Absolute Truth of God’s Word. The Ideolatry of humans is always at odds with that Truth. Humans who are not submitted to God frequently, if not always, seem to think that they know better and that their judgment and choices are better than what God has to say about things.
The rebellious nature of the Human spirit says, “Nobody is going to tell me what to do. I can make my own decisions, I know better!” If you honestly examine yourself, you have to acknowledge that you have had that same thought go through your head at least once in your life. Where did that ubiquitous thought originate? Was it something that you were taught by a parent or sibling? Or are the roots of that rebellious Ideolatry much deeper?
Turning our attention to the Genesis account of Adam and Eve in the garden, we find that Adam indicated by his words that he had the knowledge of God’s will. However, he chose to invoke his own will in opposition to the will of God. He was fully aware of the instructions of God regarding the fruit of the tree. He freely made the choice to disobey the commands of God. Was this choice inevitable because of a fundamental flaw in the character of the Human creation of God? Not likely. God did not create humans to fail, He created them to flourish. So what was the problem?
Adam experienced an all too common emotion that is also prevalent in our society today, wanting to belong and be accepted or in other words, Peer Pressure.
At the time, there were only two creatures in existence in the class of Adam and Eve. They were greatly interdependent. Undoubtedly, they sought each other’s favor, whether verbally or simply instinctively. Today, we see this emotion played out in any situation that involves more than one person. Individuals naturally want to be accepted within a family unit or by a significant other. If those relationships fail, a feeling of abandonment can develop. However, even if those relationships are strong, the drive for acceptance can still be intense. This drive can be found within the dynamics of group relationships of all kinds as early as child day care or at school, at work, in politics and especially within gangs. This innate drive can lead a person to make poor decisions for the sake of acceptance and approval.
In Genesis we read that the man was created first and the woman was created out of him to become an equal partner. To whom was the direction about the tree and the garden given? Was it not the man? In light of this, it would seem clear that the man had the responsibility to clearly communicate God’s instruction to his new partner. It is evident that he did not seem to understand or want to accept that the responsibility was his.
God gave instructions to Adam, but in order to gain Eve’s favor, Adam chose to ignore them and follow the deception into which his partner fell. In the process, he rejected the Truth of God and followed the lie. It was the first expression of Ideolatry, and Adam, along with the rest of humanity, paid the price.
How much different the world would be if Adam had properly communicated God’s instruction to his mate. Or, he could have refused to participate, turned immediately to God and asked God to forgive Eve’s deception. If only he had followed the will of God and withstood the temptation to follow his own human will, wisdom and need for acceptance! Instead, Adam abandoned his loyalty to God, his Creator, and chose his own path.
You might want to second guess his actions and think that you would have acted differently. Don’t be deceived and fool yourself. It is quite certain that the free-will choice of any of the rest of us would have been the same or worse. Just look at your own life and see the results of some of your own free-will choices!
The verses in Genesis 3:7-12 reveal a time of reckoning, being caught in the act. We can see how one mistake can lead to another as Adam pointed his finger at Eve in an attempt to cover-up disobedience, which is better known as sin.
Genesis 3:7-12 (KJV)
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
The man and woman made their choices, and they were choices that only they could make! It cannot be said, “The devil made me do it!” This was a free-will choice made under the influence of deception emanating from a lack of clear understanding of the instructions of the Words of God. The Ideolatry of Adam won out over the Truth of God. Adam and Eve received exactly what the deception of the serpent had promised, they became acquainted with Evil, but as with all deception, they did not receive what they thought they would!
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
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