Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Choices

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.  So when the woman saw the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate,”  Genesis 3:4-6
We have only choices.
“For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened…” Genesis 3:5.  Eve was promised better eyesight if she took the suggestion of a Liar.  She was lured by the promise of a clearer perspective.  There was some truth in the lie.  She did perceive her deficiency and nakedness as she had never before.  She perceived the deficiencies and nakedness of others as she had never before.  Her new knowledge only provided her the authority to make judgments on her own, but no ability to make right judgments.  She and her generational ancestors would grope for rightness or righteousness.  They would make guesses about right and wrong.  They would choose based on feeling and desire.  They lacked the eyes to see things the way they really were and make decisions based on their experiential knowledge of the Divine.  
In Luke 4, even Jesus’ perspective is challenged by the Adversary, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread,” Luke 4:3.  Jesus, are you sure your Father told you the truth?  Did He form you as the Son of God?  Why don’t you test it?  Make some supernatural bread.  Jesus Christ had to make a right decision when confronted by a Seraph and a Tree as well.  Would He depend on the Father or His own judgment?

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