He said! She said!

God used a lump of clay and a heart of faith to create the perfect man. He then used a part of the man to fashion a perfect woman. The result was an innocent couple with different dispositions, but in full agreement with God and each other. The new and perfect man and woman were then commissioned by God to have many children. “God blessed them and said to them, “Have many children. Fill the earth and take control of it.” And then, something terrible happened! A third party deceived the woman and convinced her to disobey God. She, in turn, persuaded her husband to do the same. Immediately the man and woman lost their innocence.“The Lord God called to Adam, Why are you hiding? And Adam replied, “I heard you coming and didn’t want you to see me naked. Who told you-you were naked? The Lord God asked. Have you eaten fruit from the tree I warned you about? Yes, but it was the woman you gave me who brought me some, and I ate it. Then the Lord God asked the woman, How could you do such a thing? The serpent tricked me, she replied.”(Gen.3) Both the man and the woman were guilty, but each blamed someone else. This account is the first “He said! She said!” controversy recorded.

Fast-forward 6,000 years and nothing has changed. Most people are willing to justify lying if it leads to personal gain. We are all lied to daily by the expanding media, by friends and even loved ones. Nothing is sacred; anything goes if you can get away with it, “if it feels good, do it.” Even our democracy, “of the people by the people,” is governed with lies and deception. “What they don’t know won't hurt them!” We have descended to this level of depravity because we refuse to accept truth as absolute law. The story of Adam and Eve is not a fable, it is a portrayal of the original rebellion against absolute law. The result is predictable “For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad. They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality.” (2Tim.3:1-4)

Adam and Eve were real people, created as free moral agents. Meaning, they were responsible for the decisions they made. They had a personal relationship with God, walking and talking with Him. God gave them guidance and warned them of the consequences of rebellion against the truth. But, because of pride, they accepted the lie that they no longer needed God and then tried to shift the blame of their indiscretion on someone else.“For all these worldly things, these evil desires—the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance—these are not from God. They are from this evil world itself.”(1 John 2:16) For more about God’s plan for life, read “Beam me up Commander” it’s FREE!