Adam had to Sin


You might already know this, but I just got it over this weekend.

Adam had to sin in order for man’s relationship with God to be truly realized. I am not saying that God forced or caused Adam to sin, because I still believe we have the ability to decide how we react to any choices in our life. So why did sin have to be introduced to man?

God has always been around. No beginning and no ending. In Genesis 1:1, God created the heavens and the earth. In verse 2, we have God starting work on the earth, so the heavens and all in it were created first. That would suggest that before the earth was formed, the angels and any other heavenly being was created. We do not know when Lucifer led his rebellion and first sinned, but we know that He was a favorite of God and saw Him face to face.

Gen 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Here we have God saying that man will be created in “our” image. God here is the plural form: Elohiym or el-o-heem. For me, this goes to show the trinity, but others say it refers to the heavenly court. If no one else is in the court except God, so maybe I can agree with that =D. So man is to be created in our image then God creates man in His image. So we are created in God’s image but God is spirit as well and we are not, so that must mean we are made in His image in some other way. Paul talks about how we are made up of spirit, soul, and body in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Man is created with three parts and there are three parts to God.

So Adam in his three parts is interacting with God in the garden. Adam gets to see God face to face as well. This might be pre-incarnate Jesus or it might be the father. Either way, it is God. God had said that if Adam ate the fruit of the tree of good and evil, he would surely die on that day. Adam didn’t die physically that day so what other options are left. The soul is the seat of emotions and Adam still had those, so his soul didn’t die. That leaves the spirit. The part of the man that knows God; 1 Corinthians 2:11. The spirit of man died when the fruit was eaten. This is a good thing though. In the long run at least.

While Adam walked with God, he was not united with God. There was no indwelling of God with Adam. That indwelling unites man to God on a whole new level that even the angels can not experience. That is why it is such a good thing that Adam sinned. We are no longer just with God, but now He is a part of us.

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2 responses to “Adam had to Sin

  1. I never really “got” why a perfect God created in the first place, though I am not disputing that He did. If He was perfect in and of Himself and by Himself, why create anything that is in some sense outside of Himself?

    Christianity is not monistic; there remains an eternal distance of sorts between the Creator and His creation. I am not God nor part of God and never will be. Nor is His creation merely illusory. In such respects Christianity differs from various worldviews typically identified with Hinduism and Buddhism, though a strain of eastern orthodoxy within broadly Christian circles comes close.

    The most I can do is infer that God created for His glory, His purposes in accord with His character and will. Pretty vague, I know … but preferable to fatalism or the meaninglessness that is a necessary consequence of metaphysical naturalism and atheism.

    And so I must also conclude that God ordained the fall of Adam and subsequent human sin. Ordained to pass, but yet God is without sin and without the desire that sin should occur. To infer that God at root approved or in any way contributed to sin is to enter a world of despair, for how could a creature be a moral improvement on the Creator or to such a Creator? (Sounds like a subtle theme for a nihilistic movie.)

    Our sin is thus a tool in the hands of God for His purposes, purposes that apparently He could not have accomplished in the absence of the sin of culpable creatures. If God had a better option, His perfections would seem to require that present reality would have conformed to it. Or am I brashly going where angels fear to tread?

    Before Adam sinned, He walked with God in the place where God was. He was banished from the place of God when he sinned. But after he sinned, he became in some respects like God in a new way, knowing good and evil.

    Adam (or Adam/Eve) was created to be a “union in relationship” in reflection of the “us/our – he/him” union and relationship of the Creator Being. Redeemed members of the race of Adam come to know the glory of God in His mercy in a way an “unfallen” Adam never could. Those “in Christ” are eventually restored in relationship with God in the place where God is.

    It is not that the redeemed become part of God, but that their union with God is as a reflection of God, a reflection restored and growing in Christ. And the “Eden-ish” relationship with God is restored by the reconciliation Christ accomplished on the cross.

  2. societyvs

    Thats an interesting take on the situation, the movement from a more physical understanding to a more spiritual indwelling understanding. I applaude it! If we have to use the fall for something – this is a very positive way to view the idea. It places some hope on the relationship with God that is not ‘physical’ because it doesn’t need to be – spiritual is quite fulfilling as is.

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