Monday, August 16, 2010

The Fall: Humanity Cursed - The Christian Worldview

The curse proceeding the fall of man provides answers to many of the questions commonly posed to Christians: Why is there pain in the world? Why is there death? If God really exists, why do all such things happen?

Pain and death exist because Adam and Eve failed to obey their Creator. The problems and tragedies in this world are constant reminders that man has failed to properly glorify God. The curse on humanity can be divided into two sections: One part is directed toward the woman, the other part is directed toward the man.

To the woman, God states that He will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth (Genesis 3:16). The latter part of the curse directed toward the woman is more controversial: your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you (Genesis 3:16). This desire cannot refer to sexual desire, for if it was, God would surely have said the same thing to the man. Consequently, it must refer to a woman's desire to rule over her husband, yet despite this desire, the man will rule over you.

Throughout history, men have always tended to rule over women (and a little bit more), a fulfillment of the curse. But among Christians, things should be different. While the New Testament does make clear that the husband is to be the head of the household (Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19), it also commands men to love their love their wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25). Men are not to rule with dominating authority and power, but with love. The world laughs at such ideas and sees them as enslaving to women. But is it not Christ who truly sets the Christian free? So if a man seeks all the days of his life to love his wife as Christ loved the church, how is this enslaving?

The remaining part of the curse is directed towards the man. He will spend all the days of his life working and sweating. Because of sin, weeds will grow to make his task harder. And as God had warned man that if he ate from the tree he would surely die, so here (although man is already spiritually dead) physical death is promised to him. For you are dust, And to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19).

The good news is that despite man's sinful condition, the gift of salvation is still offered. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:22-23).

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