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Once-In-An-Eternity Personality

In Adam and Eve, Imagination on June 18, 2012 at 3:15 am

Of all the personalities to come from an infinite God with infinite creativity – came forth Adam and Eve. The depth of  options for God to create a personality hurts me to think about. God’s infinite combination of personalities were intentionally sorted down to two types.

Adam and Eve’s genetic make-up was not an accident. They didn’t accidentally become themselves. God not only gave them breath of life, but instilled a once-in-an-eternity personality in each of them. As His first human creations, He formed them to be themselves. For this is how He created them. And they did the best they could while being themselves. God has also done this with you! He has chosen specific characteristics for you to be who you are. Everything good about you was intentionally created by God as part of your design.

Imagine the oxygen, colors, animals, water from a new earth. Now imagine losing all of it. Imagine being banished from it and inheriting a decaying world with allergies and airborne illness, faded colors, angry animals, and undrinkable water.

God loved them and trusted them to do the right thing. They were designed for that day and time. They disobeyed God and lost it all; including God’s presence. Instead, they were left with His essence. God hid His face beyond the 10 dimensions of space and time. One day they saw God, and the next they only heard Him walking in the cool of the day:

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:7-8

Never having felt shame to suddenly having shame poured over you is severe. The Imagination had to work overtime to make sense from new sensations and feelings of separation from God. And perhaps it was this separation which was true shame. Randy Elrod proposes, “What if they [Adam and Eve] were ashamed of what they had lost (an intimate connection) rather than ashamed of their nakedness” (Sex, Lies & Religion, p30)?

This separation would last until Jesus died on the cross for us. As Francis A. Schaeffer points out, “The separations that resulted from man’s Fall were bought to their climax as Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, being bruised and bearing our sins in substitution, cried aloud: ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Mt. 27:46)” (Genesis in Space and Time, p106).

After Jesus cried these words, He forced victory through His lips with “It is finished” (John 19:30). The separation had ended. The direct relationship of humanity with their Creator was reunited. But Adam and Eve could’ve only dreamt of such a day. i wonder if they dared to imagine such a redeemed reality. As for their reality, they had plenty to think about.

Why Not Go Skinny Dipping?

In Adam and Eve on May 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Did Adam and Eve’s imaginations lead them to visualize a life apart from God? Did they allow their imaginations to dwell on the forbidden tree? If so, was it this dwelling which led Eve to get within vicinity of it? Were they motivated by their imaginations to travel to the middle of the Garden of Eden where the Tree of Life and the forbidden tree were?

Perhaps the imagination wouldn’t have become this entity for desiring an alternative state of being had Adam and Eve obeyed God. As expansive and spacious as the Garden of Eden may have been, Adam and Eve wandered within the clutches of the forbidden tree. Was it this tree’s magnetism, or their adventurous curiosity which got them within proximity of it?

Max Lucado wrote something similar to the following: if someone places a dot on a blank sheet of paper and places the paper in front of you, then your eyes will automatically be drawn to the dot. Too bad Adam and Eve couldn’t bathe in the beauty that surrounded them. Instead, they were drawn to the dot on the piece of paper: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

As it turns out, since Adam and Eve were in proximity of the forbidden tree, they were also within proximity of the Tree of Life. Genesis 2:9 tells us that in the middle of the garden stood the Tree of Life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In all the discussion about both trees, i’ve never read scripture in which God demanded they choose one fruit over the other. No mandate was established. He only set a parameter by telling Adam, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). God set a command.

God couldn’t have been more straight forward in telling Adam he’d die. You’d think if Death is attached to something, then it would be enough to keep one’s curiosity away from that something. i wonder if Adam and Eve could fully comprehend Death. Were their imaginations active enough to foresee the consequences of disobeying a command? Did they know God well enough to take Him at His word?

There was no need for them to debate about the pros and cons of each tree. God didn’t give them a deadline to have one tree chosen by sundown. Even so, God highly encouraged Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Life by discouraging them not to eat from the forbidden tree. There’s still a question of why God didn’t intervene when they were near the evil fruit. Why did God keep His distance at that most crucial moment in Time?

This question doesn’t deserve an answer. If it had to be answered the answer would be: they should’ve just obeyed. Nicholas Wolterstorff says, “God has the right to ask obedience, man the responsibility to obey” (Art in Action, p75). It was Adam and Eve’s own will that not only gravitated them to the center of the garden but also led them into sin. Couldn’t they’ve gone for a swim? Adam or Eve should’ve suggested to go skinny dipping instead of lingering around that forbidden tree.

i may sound silly saying that, but had they pursued each other instead of the forbidden tree, they may have avoided sin. i wonder what marriage meant to them. i mean God had just given them a blessing to have sex and instead they wander through the jungle. Perhaps they were on a romantic stroll and ended up at the center of the garden.

Francis A. Schaeffer discusses the necessity of relationship in his book Genesis in Space and Time. Schaeffer writes, “Two great drives are built into man. The first is his need for a relationship to God, and the second his need for a relationship to the opposite sex” (p86). Adam’s need to be in relation with Eve and hold her captivation seemed to be a challenge for him. Adam may not have known how to interact intimately with Eve. When i think deeper into the matter, i see how he didn’t hold Eve’s attention. She got distracted and began a conversation with a snake. Did Eve play hard to get to the point where Adam decided not to get? Maybe this is how Eve found comfort in conversing with the serpent. At least the serpent gave her attention.

Then again, Adam may have intentionally taken Eve to the forbidden tree to show her which tree not to eat from. He may have naively set his own trap. Still, it comes down to the fact that they didn’t go skinny dipping. That’s a real shame!