Rev. R. Quinn
Our story today is about the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, who
unintentionally traded away paradise. I say unintentionally because as
I have read their story, I’m not sure they understood what it was that
was going to happen.
I know that when most people read this story they immediately make a
leap from the story itself to the Christian doctrine of “original
sin.” That sin, according to people like John Wesley was about
unbelief that begot pride.1 He said it was pride that led Adam and Eve
to seek their own will rather than God’s will. From the moment they
made the choice to act on their own, they began to experience a
separation from God. God’s glory departed and they became dead to God.
God told them they would die, but as far as we know nothing had died
yet, so they wouldn’t have known what death was. They simply saw the
fruit, thought it looked good, so they ate it.
What we hear in their story is the story of our lives, though, the
story of our tendency to act on impulse, the tendency to seek
immediate gratification without considering the cost.
Think about it. How many times in the past year have we heard the
statistical evidence that as a nation we have become increasingly
overweight? Obesity can be traced directly to our desire for immediate
gratification. Fast food, snack food, processed food have all made it
easy to grab something quick and easy – and in the process our health
is suffering. . . .
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