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“Were Adam and Eve Real Or Just a Story?”

There is an article answering this question to be found at:

http://doverchurchofchrist.info/%E2%80%9Cwere-adam-and-eve-real-or-just-a-story%E2%80%9D.html

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Guest Article: “I Have Sinned”

“I Have Sinned” by Joshua Gulley

Recently a student at a public high school was sent into the hallway to correct some questions on a test he failed in order to recover some credit. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the student stepped into the restroom with a cigarette lighter and a marijuana pipe. With unfortunate timing (for the student) another teacher stepped out of class to use the restroom and noticed an odd smell as he opened his door. He walked into the bathroom and saw the student, who, interestingly, did not even take the precaution of going into the stall. Instead, he was lighting up in the middle of the bathroom, disdaining the probabilities of being seen. As the student followed the teacher out of the bathroom, he threw the incriminating evidence into the hallway trash can (which the teacher quickly retrieved), and with an air of false pride and anger at what he perceived to be injustice, said, “That wasn’t even mine!” He evidently thought he should be counted innocent because the materials did not belong to him.

This occurrence revealed a couple of things to me about the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden. First, Eve either refused to believe that she would be held accountable for eating the forbidden fruit, or she was so tempted by the possibility of pleasure that she chose not to think about it. We too forget on occasion that “all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). Were we to think matters through thoroughly, we would make wiser choices. Secondly, much the way a defense lawyer tries to direct the jury’s attention away from the evidence and towards circumstances that cast doubt on the defendant’s guilt, we too attempt to justify our sin by comparing it to others who commit “greater sins” or shift the blame to someone else who may have been involved in our crime. The sooner we learn to follow in the footsteps of those who were man enough to say, “I have sinned” (Achan, Joshua 7:20; Saul, 1 Samuel 26:21; David, 2 Samuel 12:13; Solomon, 1 Kings 8:47-48; Daniel, Daniel 9:4-5), the sooner we will find the strength to resist the temptations to which we most often succumb.

A few of the examples listed in the parentheses do not have happy endings and therefore may seem like poor examples to emulate. It must be remembered that sin always has consequences, and that we are not here discussing the proper response to the temptation, but rather the proper course of action to pursue after the wrong choice has already been made. The least (and perhaps the most) that can be said for men like Achan, Saul and David is that they accepted 100% of the responsibility for their sins. They didn’t pass the buck to someone else or try to justify their actions. They just plain admitted they were wrong. They “faced the music” as is often said. Might we learn to do the same, especially in view of the promise made in 1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Praise God!

Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and a teacher of the Bible for the church at his home congregation in Smithville, TN. 

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CONFUSION AND TRANSGRESSION by Sewell Hall

Here’s a good article that I got from the church in Wise, VA this morning. I thought it was worth sharing:

Have you ever heard anyone say, as an explanation for some sinful action, “I have become so confused I don’t know what is right anymore”? As a rule, the person who says such a thing is one who has had clear convictions but has acted, or is about to act, contrary to them.

This must be what the Holy Spirit was saying about Eve in 1 Tim. 2:14. “Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.”

To say that she was deceived is not to say that she was ignorant. She quoted perfectly what God had said: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die'” (Gen. 3:2,3). She was deceived when she thought there could be any valid reason for disobeying God.

We cannot know how long Adam and Eve avoided the forbidden tree. With so many other trees from which to eat, there was no need to eat of it. There is no evidence of confusion regarding the right and wrong of eating or the wisdom of abstaining. They were happy ignoring it.

But along came Satan to draw Eve’s attention to the tree she had been avoiding. He drew here attention to the beauty of the fruit and somehow convinced her, perhaps by eating of it himself, that it was good for food. If he did eat of it, the fact that he did not die surely gave support to his contention that she would not die. One can see the confusion mounting. The arguments she considered conclusive against eating were rapidly being snatched by arguments for doing so. Which arguments were valid? Both seemed to be.

Had Adam been nearby, or had God spoken again, she might have been reminded once more of the strong reasons for rejecting the fruit. But as it was, the voice of God grew weaker in her memory as the desirability of the fruit was magnified by Satan’s glib lies. All that was needed to tip the balance was the final suggestion of an apparent virtue in eating — the thought that she would become like God. Never mind the legalistic prohibition; surely one could not be blamed for wanting to be like God.

“She took of the fruit and ate” (Gen. 3:6). Tragic words! Tragic consequences! Consequences reaching down through countless generations even to us!

The great mistake of Eve was in allowing herself even to begin thinking about disobedience. This was the mistake of Achan when he first saw the Babylonian garment (Jos. 7:21), of David when he first saw his beautiful neighbor bathing (2 Sam. 11:2) and of Judas when he first thought of betraying Jesus. It is the same mistake each of us makes — men and women alike — whenever we sin.

The Bible says much: “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown brings forth death” (Jas. 1:14,15).

There is ample defense available. If we are wise enough to meditate on God’s laws in such circumstances, (Psa. 119:11), and to ask Him for deliverance (Matt. 6:13), He will, with the temptation, “also make the way of escape” (1 Cor. 10:13).

But all too often, in the name of open-mindedness and objectivity, we feel we are obligated to look at the other side, to consider the “arguments in favor of” sin. We may even be so foolish as to parrot the existential line: “I must get away to myself and sort things out.” If this means getting away for Bible study, meditation and prayer, fine! But this is seldom what it means. As a rule, what it means is: “I want to be left alone to rationalize my way through the sin that entices me without having to reason with those who would logically or scripturally expose my folly.”

Such conflict between conscience and passion, between logic and emotion, between authority and anarchy, between flesh and spirit will indeed produce confusion — confusion bordering on insanity. But it is a confusion for which we are responsible. It is the peculiar malady of “those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” and who “did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:10,12). It is never surprising when such a person, “being deceived,” falls into transgression.

In Jesus’ day “there was a division among the people because of Him” (Jn. 7:43). They were confused by the contradiction between His claims and the accusations of their rulers. Jesus stated clearly who would not be confused: “If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak of My own authority” (Jn. 7:17).

Wanting to do God’s will will save us from the confusion, deception and transgression into which our mother Eve fell.

Sewell Hall – Gospel Power, Vol. 16, No. 11, March 15, 2009 

 

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Short Sermon Outline for Genesis 3

I found this short outline the other day while cleaning out my work truck. I honestly don’t know if I heard this somewhere or if it’s one I made from scratch because I often find old idea “scratchings” that I’ve written down on little pieces of paper all over the place. It’s only a very short and rough outline but I think you should be able to apply the verses and the needed information to make it a full sermon or class outline.

The “Fall” in the Garden:

Adam and Eve Fell for it (The Lie)

Adam and Eve Fell in it (The Snare)

Adam and Eve Fell from it (The Relationship)

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