Gen. 2:17, and Gen. 3. To many in the theological world, and in the world of history in the secular system, the first 11 chapters of Genesis can be thought of as symbolic. A comparison of other early writings. Not to be relied upon as literal. For me personally if the scripture itself doesn't tell us it is symbolic with language such as 'as it were' then we should receive it as literal.
The fall. This state we are in. How it all began. That taking of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Believing the lies of that deceiver. Really considering such lies to be desirable. Good. That they can make one wise. This curse of death. The state mankind has been in since. Creation itself now suffers as the result of what happened there.
Like David said we are born in iniquity. This fall, this state of man affects every thing on earth. And it started there. Nonsense to many. Even in the world of theology and religion. This state of believing good is evil. And believing evil good. Relying on senses. Is it desirable? Does it look good, is it pleasant to the eyes? Make one wise, believing that deceiver?
Simply put, the words of that great deceiver was heeded, and the words of God was not. The desire to be as gods. Was it the fruit itself that caused this fall? Or was it the result of disobedience to what was commanded of them from God? Why desire this state? Why choose to die? And see this as desirable and good? Make one wise? Really?
The remedy to the state of mankind is given us in Jesus Christ. The last Adam. The first brought death. The last brought life. This is revealed to us in the New Testament. But in the world of theology and religion this too is not necessarily the simple truth.
I been meditating a lot recently about the fall of man as given us in chapter 3 of Genesis. Much deeper thoughts concerning the text and the Hebrew language itself. None if any would add much to the thoughts on the chapter though. God bless all in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
The irony is that humanity continues to eat of that fruit despite the fact that the reality of doing so is all too evident. Sigh...
So good to see you.
I remember in college talking to a friend WHOSE FATHER WAS A MINISTER, talking about Noah. He answered, "oh, we don't believe the stories in the OT to be literal.
Say, wha'? I was incredulous. A PK!
A lot of substantive content in this brief and right to the point blog. I'm glad you shared it with us.
Always great to see you blogging, Billy!
Because the spiritual aspect of scripture is not taught or not believed anymore the theological teachings of these first 11 chapters are missed.
They in fact do as you say, set up the whole of the purpose of Christ and God's deep desire to reestablish His purposes for creation. Earth and humans.