And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
I suppose we could stop with simply the words that were written on that sign, and the point would be made. The words on the sign are true, and they are indisputable.
What we see described above is the root and source attitude for every single thing which is wrong in the corrupted, evil world we live in. The things we see around us which disturb us so greatly are not the result of random chance, or random collections of events. The evil we see around us every day is, simply put, the result of our choice to rebel against and reject God.
This post won’t be some feeble attempt on my part to dissect and explain the difficult subject of the Sovereignty of God and the free will of man; I will leave that subject to the theologians who may be reading. From the standpoint of this post, it only matters that:
God IS Sovereign
We DO possess will
The Bible clearly teaches that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden in the image of God and lived in innocency until they fell by voluntary transgression from their sinless state and that as a result, all mankind are sinners by birth and by choice. We can see from our key passage above that the two of them had free rein to partake of the entire garden and all of its bounty, with only one restriction. The fact that instruction was even issued indicates that Adam and Even had a choice: why else would have an instruction be issued unless they had the ability to disobey it?
Disobey they did, and we see this story in detail in Genesis Chapter 3. We can see how the pair of them succumbed to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16) and did the one and only thing they had been commanded not to do. Of course, we all know how Eve was tempted by Satan, and how Adam went willingly along with this sin. Since we are talking about Satan, let’s take a trip back in time and see what happened there.
Before He created Adam and Eve, God had created His angels. He created one angel to be far above all of the other angels, and that angel was Lucifer. We can read in Ezekiel 28 many similarities between Lucifer and Adam and Eve:
Ezekiel 28:13-15 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Lucifer, however, was not happy with just that. Lucifer wanted to be more: Lucifer wanted to be God. See here Lucifer’s famous 5 “I wills” as his pride caused him to be cast from Heaven so that later he could tempt Eve and lead to the fall of man. Isaiah Chapter 14. We don’t need to review all of them here, but the very last one in Verse 14, where Lucifer proclaims, I will be like the most high. There we have it, the very root of rebellion and evil in the world today.
Not only are there those who rebel against the God they know exists, but there are also those who simply deny the very existence of God. I have no intention of writing a blog post proving the existence of God; there is not enough time, I can’t do it, and it’s not relevant to the issue at hand. God’s Word, however, has a couple of very simple things to say about its author, however, which are quite simple and quite true.
Psalm 19: 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
And lest we think we can claim ignorance as an excuse, let us take a look at what the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write down and share with us:
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Without excuse. We can posture and rail all day long; we can create any god we wish in our minds and in our hearts. But in the end, only the God who has revealed Himself in the created world around us is the One True God.