So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, 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 hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Here is a summary for any slow heathens who might be reading this (I realize that ‘slow’ and ‘heathen’ are redundant — I cant imagine why a person with a healthy mind would reject Jesus Christ).
- God creates man and woman, both of whom have inquisitive natures but do not know the difference between right and wrong, or good and evil.
- God places the man and woman in a garden.
- God places a tree in the garden and forbids the man and the woman from eating of it, telling them that it would cause them to die that very day. Of course, since they don’t know the difference between right and wrong, they have no way of knowing that it is wrong to disobey God.
- God creates a deceitful, talking snake, and places it in the garden.
- The snake tricks the man and the woman into eating the fruit, by telling them that it would open their eyes, and they would learn the difference between good and evil.
- God laments that they have eaten the fruit and learned the difference between good and evil, so he kicks them out of the garden before they can eat from the tree that turns them immortal. He also curses the man and woman.
Some demon-worshiping Athiest scum might read all of this and then be arrogant enough to question God.
They might ask if God knew what would happen when he created that deceitful talking snake and turned it loose? Didn’t He think that it might be sort of easy for the snake to convince curious people, who don’t know the difference between right and wrong, to try something forbidden?
The answer is, of course He knew — He’s God.
Then they might ask, why would God place people in a situation where they could not help but sin?
The answer is so that He could shew us His love and mercy. God created us to be vile, wretched, foul, evil people that deserve much worse than to be tormented and tortured for all of eternity. He showed His love and mercy by breaking off a piece of himself, turning it into a man, and having that man tortured for a few hours then killed. That one man being tortured for a few hours more than makes up for the required eternal torture that the rest of us deserve.
So now, all we have to do to avoid our righteous fate is to accept God’s grace and forgiveness and live our lives entirely for God, subjugating our will to His. Then when we die, we get to live our afterlives entirely for God, subjugating our will to His.
Praise the Sweet name of Jesus!
Jean Poole (16-09-2008 02:25 PM): Just as I would question the judgement of a parent who put a priceless objet d'art within in a baby's reach and then punished the baby for touching it, I question the judgement of a so-called omniscient ...
Old Iron Crotch (16-09-2008 02:40 PM): Actually, that is *precisely* what I have done with each of my children. I put the prized object in the middle of the room, and if they touch it, they get a beating. No means no. :angry: They must be taught. ...
Pastor Billy-Reuben (16-09-2008 02:49 PM): Actually, that is *precisely* what I have done with each of my children. I put the prized object in the middle of the room, and if they touch it, they get a beating. No means no. :angry: They must be taught. Amen, ...
Pastor Billy-Reuben (18-09-2008 07:39 PM): I received this question from a seeker: I am very disappointed of your interpretation of Gen. Quote;”God creates a deceitful, talking snake, and places it in the garden.” “God created us to be vile, ...
JennyD (19-09-2008 06:45 AM): Pastor, what a wonderful sermon! It's just the sort of thing all those Hellbound atheists need to hear, to understand the Lord's Infinite Mercy! And your response to Tony was as gentle as it was insightful. If ...
Pastor Billy-Reuben (21-09-2008 04:47 PM): I received a follow-up question from the same seeker. (”God cannot create sin, for it is an contradiction of His very nature.” Friend, no true statement ever begins with the words “God cannot...”. There ...
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