To Know or To Live–Genesis 3 Part 1

In retrospect, I think I would have chosen immortality.  But, it seems that from the beginning, we have always wanted to know more.  We could never be content with the way things were, we always needed to move forward.  If I only knew the answer to this question, this issue, this life stage–then I would be content. So said Univac, IBM, Apple, Microsoft…Google.

It was the same at the beginning.  Eve was mistaken–she thought being as smart as God was the answer–it was not. Knowing both good and evil simply drove men from God—not toward him. Then the folks at Babel thought reaching God was the answer, it was not. Building toward heaven simply made men prideful and self absorbed. Throughout time, men have tried to emulate the independence God has, in order to become God’s themselves.  So much wasted energy–If men would have sought to emulate God’s character, rather than his independence, then we would have enjoyed his freedom.

Adam and Eve were free to enjoy the world and to enjoy life–that was not good enough.  They wanted to control life, That was the big lie. We will never be able to control life.  The harder we try, the more entangled we become.  If you want to be like God–seek him first and foremost.  When you do, you will realize His greatest gift is the gift of freedom and life.  Seek that, not knowledge and independence–then you can be like your heavenly father!

God Bless You

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves