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A Sinister Whisper

It’s an old story
          but it is being replayed every day in millions of hearts

God:  You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.
          I want you to live a life in conformity with My character and My holiness. 

Serpent to Eve:  Did God REALLY say….???
          The Bible isn’t meant to be taken literally.  You can just decide which parts   are true for you.

Eve:  God said that if we eat from this tree, we will surely die.

Serpent:  You will NOT surely die.
          God’s commands are irrelevant for today.  Anyway, you only live once!

Serpent:  If you eat this fruit, you’ll be just as wise as God!
          Nothing is off limits for us enlightened ones.  You “rule-keepers” are still in     the dark ages.

Eve:  The fruit looks beautiful and delicious.
          Indulge!  You deserve it!  If it feels good, do it!

The trap springs!  Gone is the life of simple joy and obedience, love and harmony. 

How many are lured by these lies today? 

 

 

How Far Can We Go?

Since when is it “cool” and “progressive” to commit and tolerate sin?  Why are those who live within God’s laws viewed as weird?  Why are those who push the limits farther and farther admired and worshipped as heroes? 

To go back to my first question, I think the Garden of Eden would be the answer.  Eve certainly was persuaded that disobeying God would be the cool thing to do.  After all, she must have been so bored with exploring all the delights of paradise that God had provided for her enjoyment, with petting tigers and playing with bears, that there was nothing left to do but the one thing that God had forbidden.  But think of the consequences–not only to her but to all humankind!

Who are some others who defied God and paid dearly for it?

–Noah’s contemporaries: totally evil, corrupt, violent, & depraved. (Gen 6:5-13)  Drowned in a worldwide flood!

–The residents of Sodom & Gomorrah:  “extremely evil,” & “wicked.” (Gen 18:20)  Cremated by a heavenly holocaust!

–The nations of Israel and Judah, first tolerating and then indulging in the disgusting acts of their neighbors such as religious prostitution and child sacrifice. (Does this sound like anything in our culture?)  Finally, after centuries of patient warning and pleading, God had it “up to here,” and cruel nations were allowed to destroy them.

Psalm 1 contrasts the lives and destinies of those who honor God and those who mock Him:

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2  But they delight in the law of the LORD,
meditating on it day and night.
3  They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
4  But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5  They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6  For the LORD watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.  (NLT)

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