I’m going to keep this relatively short. A dear Christian brother of mine posted a post on humility recently and I am going to quote one of his statements. The link to his site (Bill is his name) is here if you would like to follow up on his complete post: becoming-humble
I would highly recommend Bill’s Blog, he is quite the inspiration, if you visit his site you will see why.
The quote is as follows: “The Bible tells us that God (only) gives His grace to the humble (James 4:6). It’s not that He doesn’t want to give grace to the proud, it’s just that the proud refuse His grace. Pride is by definition self-reliance, an illusion that keeps God and others at a comfortable distance.”
Further, in one of Bill’s responses to a reply from one of his readers Bill additionally states that “Original sin is ultimately pride.” So many times we hear statements like “why should I be punished for something that Adam and Eve did when there is nothing that I can do about it?” It’s all about God giving us free will. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden they had been given command over all of God’s creation, with just one stipulation, do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. One stipulation.
By the way, they had access to the Tree of Life (immorality). Everything was there’s, the whole shooting match, just that one stipulation. God didn’t make us robots, He gave us choice. Much like we try to give to our own children choices as they are growing up. Only Adam and Eve weren’t children, they were adults and they needed to make a decision. Do they take God at his word or do they ignore His guidance and decide for themselves? And what was the carrot that Satan held out in front of Adam and Eve?
Genesis 3:3-5 (NKJV) “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
You will be like God, knowing good and evil. You make your own choices, you don’t need God doing it for you. Mind you, they had the right to make all their own choices before making this bad decision, with no negative consequences, just by trusting and valuing God’s guidance on that one stipulation. That’s where Bill’s statement that “original sin is ultimately pride” comes into play. What is pride if it is not us saying we know better, we don’t need God’s help and we don’t need to believe in God. What Adam and Eve did was reject the love and guidance of their Creator. That very day their spiritual connection with God was broken, separated, cast aside by them. They crossed over into a new frontier, standing independently on their own.
And that is where all of humanity is now, standing independently on our own. We still have free choice but if we value advice from our Creator, we need to do a couple of things to regain access to His guidance and grace. We need to believe that He is there and we need to believe in the grace that He has provided to us to put things back in their proper order.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV states “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Romans 3:21-24 states “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
So the accusation that is made that humanity is being punished for something that we had no control over is not valid because God has not taken away our free will and He has provided a means whereby we can re-establish our spiritual connection with Him. The choice is ours. We can’t have it both ways. And Bill’s observation that original sin is ultimately pride is true.
Also, for those who might ask why did God allow Satan into the Garden of Eden, this link provides a response that makes a lot of sense to me: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/why-didn%E2%80%99t-god-keep-satan-out-of-eden
With regard to acknowledging that God exists, God’s word says in Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
If you haven’t seen this video yet that explores the wonders of DNA and faith in our Creator, I would strongly recommend that you do so. Here is the link:The Atheist Delusion