A Look at Life – Part 3
The Problem of Life
September 18th, 2008
Last week we spent a little time looking at what it means for a Christian to recognize God as the creator of life. We saw that if God is not the creator of life, He then has no right to tell what is and is not right. If God does not have that authority, then bad choices alone cannot condemn us, and therefore there is no need to be saved from them. If we cannot be condemned by our wrong choices, our sins, then there would be no need for a savior, and Jesus would have really been an ordinary man. For a Christian, if this is true, then there is no need to live as Christ tells us to.
However, a true Christian accepts that God is the creator of the world, and therefore He can call something good or something else bad. In fact, in Genesis 2, the Bible records God doing just that. In Genesis 2:15-17 we read:
15The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." Genesis 2:15-17 (ESV)
God has now put a condition on the lives of His creations. They can eat without consequence of any tree in the garden He had created except for one, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God has also told his creations that if they do not obey, they will die as their consequence. Sure enough, in Genesis 3, Eve and then Adam both eat from this tree after a little tempting from a serpent. Here’s how God responds to the actions of each person and the serpent.
14The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
16To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
17And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Genesis 3:14-19 (ESV)
It isn’t until verse 19 that God reminds them of their ultimate consequence, death. God had already determined that disobedience to His instructions would be punished by death. Eventually Adam and Eve and all of their offspring will face death, including us. You see, Romans 3:23 reminds us that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Just as was the case with Adam and Eve, even one sin makes our life terminal because of the consequences of sin.
Life would be carefree if we’d simply learn to obey God. However, by the time we, mankind, have learned not to disobey God, we have already sinned enough to merit the consequence of death. Life without death is something we all desire, but since we are all marked by the consequences of sin, we all will die. So, for us to live eternally, as we all desire, we must first get rid of the problem of sin. However, what can men do to solve this problem?
The truth found in this writing was provided by God’s Word.
Written by Timothy Hegerich