|“According to the eternal economics of Scripture, when you give you gain.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not 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.”‘ Genesis 3:4-5
When God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in a perfect environment; no sin, pollution, opposition, and no prohibitions- with the exception of eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis records no other command given to our first parents. This tree with the prohibited food did not give them the ability to know right from wrong. If that were the case, you could not declare them culpable, for how can you charge someone with wrong when they don’t understand right from wrong? The issue of the tree was who gets to determine what is good and evil; what is in my best interest and what is not?
This issue focused man’s struggle with God. Satan said that if they were able to decide what was good and evil for themselves they would be “like God.” You can see why taking of the fruit was such a temptation. Note that Adam and Eve’s thirst for autonomy came before the Fall; it brought about the Fall. God created them with a desire to be autonomous, and then asked that they limit this appetite by allowing God alone to determine what was and was not in their interest. This same struggle remains with us today.
The Serpent’s thesis was that God does not need to be taken seriously; obedience in faith is characterized as hopeless stupidity. This fuels your appetite for autonomy: the need to exercise understanding rather than submit to what God says. The statement, “I want to be like God,” can be the most holy and noble of ambitions, or it can be the most sinful, depending on what you mean by it.
Psalm 40-42 Acts 27:1-26 (New King James Version)
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