Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Fall: No Repentance - The Christian Worldview

For the first time in human history, man delighted in sin (see The Fall). But the sweetness of Adam and Eve's experience did not last long. Sin quickly became bitter. Shame entered into the world. They sought to run, to hide, to escape. Their minds and hearts had been altered and they foolishly imagined they could triumph over their Creator.

They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:8). This is a shocking statement. Adam and Eve deserved immediate death; they deserved hell. Yet God does not come sprinting, or even jogging, He comes walking. He is full of mercy and gives them time to repent.

Tragically, there is no mention of either Adam or Eve coming to repentance. Rather than falling down to the ground in tears, Adam blamed God for the situation. Adam claimed that he did not sin of his own accord. It was the woman's fault (Genesis 3:12). But ultimately, Adam blamed God. It wasGod's fault; God was the one who created Eve.

There is a difference between shame and repentance. Adam and Eve were shameful over what they had done, but they had no desire to turn and change. They were not fully satisfied with their sin, but rather than seeking for satisfaction in God, they continued in an empty pursuit of sin. A pursuit which most men seek until death. But Christ sets believers free from slavery to sin and gives them new life, enabling them to pursue God and find true satisfaction in Him.

Related Posts:
The Fall: Satan is Cursed - The Christian Worldview
Cain and Abel: Sarcastic Reply - Genesis 4:9
How Bad Is Sin? - The Christian Worldview
Man In the Image of Man - Genesis 5:3
The Fall: Merciful Curses - The Christian Worldview

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