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Sin and the Fallenness of
Creation (Part 1)
A commentary by: Michael Shaw
Some Christians believe that, beginning with, and through Adam and Eve, all humanity has disobeyed God, and given way to the temptations of Satan. This, they say, is the original sin which was acted out in the eating of the fruit from the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil". Further, they believe that because of this original sin, all have fallen short of God's intent, and marred the image of God in which we were created. They believe also that our sin, through Adam and Eve, has caused the rest of Creation to become tarnished and corrupted, that the world around us and its order have been disrupted. By sinning, humanity has given itself over to the enslaving powers of evil and death; and all this they call: "The Fall".
"All have fallen?" With the above said, it should be pointed out that contrary to what many people may believe, there is no teaching anywhere in the Bible that says Adam and Eve or any other part of creation fell. This is a man made Myth, an interpretation of man's (creations) condition, that has been perpetuated through out the centuries and survives to this day in many of the Accepted Churches. In fact, Universities and Seminaries still teach their students this fictitious story of the "Fall of Adam and Eve", though it can not be found anywhere in the Bible. Rather, one needs to use a downward esoteric allegory to find this story. Thus, the only way the story is true, is on the lowest level of reality.
So that I am not misunderstood, let me state that it is true that a sin took place in the garden of Eden, and Eve along with Adam transgressed the command of God. Further, it is true that God had Adam and Eve banished from the Garden, but in no way does the Bible refer to this act, as a fall. The Bible is actually neutral in regards to naming what happened in the Garden with Adam and Eve. By remaining neutral it allows us to explore downwards and upwards esoterically. The church, (Christianity in General and not one denomination) has, for the most part, stuck with the downward esoteric teaching of scripture and have not even yet begun to look at what the scripture says at face value; this they have left to the scholars, who write primarily for each other, and get funded by disinterested parties.
It is true that we can say that esoterically Adam and Eve fell due to their sin in the garden, however we can also say that the act of disobeying God, at this point in man's history, resulted in them being elevated to a higher level rather than sinking into some sort of fallen state (Both are True). In a moment I will show you that God created man to grow and learn and that it was God's own plan that Adam and Eve disobey Him and sin. Man is on a journey of perfection. He/she is going from an earthy to a spiritual creature. What this higher teaching tells us is that God is in control of all things and thus He pre-ordained the fall and programed or designed Adam and Eve to fall, for the scripture tells us, when Paul rhetorically asked, "Who has resisted His will? (Romans 9:19)
When I say that, not only both levels, but also the literal reading of scripture are true, I mean to say that at one level, viewed from the standpoint of people who do not believe that God is behind all things, both good and evil, then yes, we could say that Adam and Eve fell, however, it must be stressed that ultimately God ordained this to happen, for as we just read from Paul, no-one can resist the will of God, "Who has resisted His will? (Romans 9:19)
In most cases, as soon as anyone hears the words, "the fall of Adam and Eve" automatically, what comes to mind, is that they (Adam and Eve) somehow had the power to thwart God's will and did something so wrong, so against Gods will, that they caused the entire creation to fall into a deprived state where mankind finds himself at odds with God. Further, a fall implies that mankinds only deserved fate is some sevier punishment such as eternal Hell fire or annihilation. This type of picture is fine when confronting evil doers, however, for those who have transcended selfish ways and are truly seeking a path to God, then it is precisely this type of picture we want to prevent from entering our minds.
You see, to use the word FALL implies a very unbiblical notion, that sin can thwart the will of God. If God's will has ever been thwarted, then we have no guarantee that it will not be thwarted again. As mentioned above, St. Paul, rhetorically asks, "For who hath resisted His will?" (Rom. 9:19). Paul is not expecting anyone to give an example of someone resisting God's will, for who in their right mind could suggest that anyone could do this. No, Paul is making a point: no one can resist God's will. And if it be God's will that all be saved, (2nd Peter 3:9), then all will be saved (John1:7&9; John 3:17). If it be God's will that we obey Him, then we will obey Him unless, He wills otherwise.
The second reason we should not use the word FALL is due to the fact that it would imply that sin came from without, rather than within God's universe. In other words, a FALL suggests that Adam and Eve were perfect prior to the eating of the fruit in the garden and that they fell into a state of fallen nature after eating the fruit. However, the Bible tells us that far from being a perfect spiritual being, Adam was created an earthy creature and that Jesus was spiritual as a result of his being the first person to be perfected.
1st Cor. 15:45-49..."The first man, Adam, was made a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit; howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural, and afterward that which is spiritual; the first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly such are they also that are heavenly; and as we have borne the image of the earth, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly."
When the Bible tells us in Genesis that God made man and woman in his Image and Likeness it could not have meant full likeness or Image. Rather, the Genesis statement must be seen as prophetic and prospective. Jesus, not Adam was the perfect man (Eph. 4:13). If Adam was perfect and could fall then we could easily say that God, a perfect being, could also fall. The whole Universe is in trouble if we believe that. Simply stated, a perfect being can not fall, whether that being is God or Man.
A perfect being is above and beyond sin. Adam sinned, not because he fell, for this happened before the so-called fall, but rather he sinned because he was by nature endowed with the ability to sin. We can say Adam and Eve were pure, even innocent prior to eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but we can never say they were perfect. Nor does the Bible say they were perfect. In fact Paul tells us..."For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope" Romans 8:20
Some people believe that Romans 8:20 refers to only animals and other non-human aspects of creation, however, if read in its totality, we can see that all creation must include those who have not yet been called by the Spirit if God, since Paul says that it is these who are the sons of God. Therefore, only a portion of humanity is concidered here leaving the rest of humanity with animals and other aspects of nature. This means that any human, even the sons of God referred to here, prior to their conversion by way of the Holy Spirit, were subject to vanity, not of their own will but by that of God. Further, the Bible says that indeed it was God who formed us imperfect..."And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so that he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it." (Jeremiah 18:4) Yes, Adam and Eve were MARRED IN THE HAND OF THE POTTER!
In fact, the evidence points to it as being God's plan that Adam sin. God gave him Eve, ("And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." 1st Timothy 2:13,14), God planted the tree in his midst and God put the devil into the garden and
According to the Bible a "Fall" did not take place; rather a "sin" took place, an unavoidable pre-ordained, original sin, which caused man to walk his days with the knowledge of Good and Evil and the curses of God. (Gen. 3:14-19) This sin was pre-ordained by God as a way of perfecting mankind, through the teachings of Good and Evil.
Mankind, represented by Adam & Eve, must leave his original state of INNOCENCE & GRACE, not perfection, and head out into the world of opposites, GOOD & EVIL, so that he/she may learn and attain his/her own perfection, as did Jesus. "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." Hebrews 5:8
End of part one If anyone has questions, I will be glad to answer, but I am not
posting to argue.
Mike Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org
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