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Sin and the Fallenness of
Creation (Part 6)
A commentary by: Michael Shaw
"Did Adam and Eve Willing Choose to Sin & Disobey God?"
Let us take a minute or two and look at the words "choose to sin". This is an important point because it deals with another tall tale and fallacy of man.
Almost every church and Christian theologian teaches that right after God made man, He (God), gave mankind freewill. In other words, God made man an FREE MORAL AGENT.
Let me state once again that this is a teaching that has no bases in scripture. Sure it sounds good, but it is not Biblical.
Let us see what the Bible says. In Jeremiah 10:23 we read the following: "O Lord I know that the determination of the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man even in a strong man or in a man at his best to direct his own steps."
Proverbs 19:21 says: "There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand."
Daniel 4:35 says: "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou."
Philppians 2:13 tells us: "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
Ephesians 1:11 states: "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will."
Proverbs 20:24 says: "Man's steps are ordered by the Lord, how then can a man understand his way."
Do we have freewill? Are we really a free moral agent? We must be careful to have a correct knowledge of, or, understanding of God's word, so as not to make the same mistakes or draw false conclusion when we read scripture.
"Everything is of and a part of God." As we discovered, God is the one and only all powerful and true reality, from which is the source and origin of all that exists. As the source of all, He guides His creation with both love and wrath. Ultimately nothing falls outside His will, nor does anything oppose his will. Wrath and Love are simply the two hands of God that are used to bring His creation into perfection.
Everyone and everything is in God and a part of God. God is both Immanent and Transcendent. In other words, God dwells in Heaven while at the same time permeates His creation (entire universe). It has been said that the earth's domain is God but that the earth is not God's domain. You may recall the following Bible passages...
Ephesians 4:6 says: "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Acts 17:28 says: "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being." Romans 11:36 tells us: "For of Him and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen. Jeremiah 23:24 states: "Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannont see him?" declares the Lord. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the Lord." (NIV) Sirach 43:27 says: "We could say more but could never say enough; let the final word be: "He is the all." (NRSV)
"God creates both Good and Evil" The Bible is quite clear when it states that God is the creator of both good and evil. It is a mistake to attribute the source of evil to Satan or man. It is true that evil works through Satan and man, however, its origin and creator is God. Again, this is not some New Age teaching or a borrowing of some eastern Taoist philosophy, rather this is the teaching of God. The Bible tells us clearly the following.
Isaiah 45:7 - "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things." This is one of those rare times when the King James actually translates something right. The word in Hebrew for evil here is RA and does mean evil, contrary to how some of the more modern renditions of this passage. Proverbs 16:4 - "The Lord hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. (See Col. 1:16) Lamentations 3:38 - "Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? (NIV) Ecclesiastes 7:14 - "When things go well, be glad; but when things go ill, consider this: God has set the one along side the other in such a way that no one can find out what is to happen next. (NEB) Deuteronomy 30:15 - "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil."
As we can see the Bible is quite clear when it says that God is the creator of both good and evil. We read earlier from Job that God formed the crooked serpent. Therefore, not only does God create evil, God also created the evil Satan. It is God that creates evil - Satan does not. Satan is himself evil yet his purpose is that of God. In other words God made Satan evil from the beginning on purpose and for a reason. In fact the Bible tells us that Satan is a son of God. (Job 1:6) Most of us do not want to accept this teaching because we have been indoctrinated with man made interpretations of the Holy Bible and our views have been tainted with traditions based more on Milton than the word of God.
Satan's job is that of a tester and tempter. He tries us for God, or actually for ourselves, to see if we will pass the test. The Bible portrays Satan doing exactly these things on a number of occasions. (Example: the entire book of Job) Not only does the book of Job give us a clear example of Satan's job, so does the Gospel of Luke chapter 22 verses 31 & 32. We find Jesus telling Peter...."Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted strengthen thy brethren."
Of course the greatest show of Satan's position and job occurs during the trial of Jesus in the wilderness. (Luke 4:1-13 and Matt. 4:1-11) Keep in mind that the devil serves a crucial role in Jesus' test, which was from God as the Holy Spirit was the one who lead Jesus out to the desert.
It is clear that Satan, rather than being an evil spirit intent on thwarting God's plans, is rather a dedicated angel or demon in the service of God. The Bible tells us that Satan tries us and tempts us. This done for God on our behalf. Satan has many other jobs which require his nastiness, one of which is punishing and another which is destroying. As punishor, it is Satan's job and goal to bring us back to God when we go astray. Satan is not trying to steal people away from God, rather he is trying to lead them back to Him.
Here are some examples.... 1st Corinthians 5:5 - After told of people within the church being caught committing a sexual sin, Paul tells the congregation to take the guilty parties and do the following: "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." On another occasion, Paul says of two parishioners found losing their faith... "Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme." (1st Timothy 1:20) So, we can see that Satan really serves God with his evil nature.
End of part six. 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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