Buck Naked Bible Study

Eve

Yes, I know, I took a bit of liberty with my post title. However, (pause for effect), there is some logical reasoning behind my apparent madness.

Bear with me if you will. I was going to use the word “bare” but I thought that might be pressing it.

I ran across this following post by Steven Cole that deals with our conscience, shame, guilt, blame, circumstances and God’s gracious reconconcilation, as recorded in Genesis 3:7-15 NASB. The dialogue recorded between God and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden illustrates very accurately how we humans normally react to when we sense that something we have done is wrong.

If you have a few minutes, take the time to read Steven’s post, an awful lot of our human nature is recorded in there, as well as God’s plan for our redemption. Can’t help thinking that there is a lot of self examination material in that short selection of Scripture.

https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-9-where-are-you-genesis-3:7-15

God’s grace, peace and blessings to you all.

 

4 comments

  1. Excellent article. I would say I am very glad God sought me out. I still try and hide at times though. I don’t want to feel overly guilty but I do want to listen to Him when I have done wrong.
    One thing that concerns me is the moving from guilt to shame. I am not a sinner. I make bad choices sometimes.
    My concern is lowering the importance of repenting. I think the article did not do this but our society doesn’t like any kind of guilt and I think some kinds are good. Do you?

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    • Hi Scott, I’m glad to see you online again! I look at shame as a heartfelt admission or acknowledgement of having broken or violated the nature of God, who is holy. In essence, any violation of God’s nature is sin, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. And even as Christians we can still sin but as the Apostle John says in 1 John 2:1 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” I think you are right Scott about our society not liking any kind of guilt because they would mean they would have to acknowledge they are doing something wrong, like abortion as an example, which means that they are answerable or accountable for their choices. Christians are forgiven sinners, non-believes who have rejected Christ, answer for themselves. And I also agree that guilt is a good thing when it is a guilt associated with having broken the nature or laws of God. It is that kind of guilt that draws us to admit what we have done and seek forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus, whom God the Father chose to be the price paid for our sins. As John also states in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Guilt is acknowledgement that leads to confession, so yes, some kinds of guilt is definitely a good thing. Let me know if that answers your quest Scott. God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours my friend.

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