Whom Do You Choose to Follow

God created the heaven and earth and sea and all that they contain. God created everything that exist in orderly fashion. God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. God gave to them marriage, to populate the earth, to subdue the earth and rule over the creatures of the earth. God gave the man and woman the fruit of the trees as food. God put them in a garden to cultivate it and keep it. In the garden were many trees that grew fruit but there were two special trees; the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Mankind was commanded by God to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, though they could eat from any other tree in the garden, including the tree of life. However, they choose to disobey the command of God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They choose what would kill them rather than life.

It has been theorized by many as to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What was its fruit? What was original sin? I think that these are the wrong questions. It was not a particular sin as we know but a choice to rebel against the command of the Lord our God. It is a deciding for oneself what is good and what is evil. It is making oneself Lord rather than listening to the word of God. We should remember that Genesis 1-3 was written by Moses through whom the law was given.

The man and woman were to have children and multiply. They were to fill the earth and subdue it. They were to rule over the creatures of the earth. However, they choose to listen to the creature, rather than the creator. They choose to do what they wanted to do rather than have eternal life in the garden. The apostle John said in 1 John 3:4, “Sin is lawlessness.” 

Lawlessness is transgression of the law. The apostle Paul wrote, Romans 5:18-21, “So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Moses said at the conclusion of his writing, Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.” Whom do you choose to follow: The disobedient man or the obedient man? Adam or Jesus Christ?