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Our Tangled Web, Our Tangled Selves – Gen 3:1-24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 08:19

 

The Garden of Eden didn’t remain in its pristine condition for long. By the third chapter of Genesis, we see how sin resulted in a tangled mess of toxic relationships - humanity’s relationship with God and humanity’s relationship with one another.

 

In Genesis 1 and 2, we learned that humanity was created to be in relationship with God and with one another. In Genesis 3, we see that at the center of the fall was Adam and Eve’s mistrust of God. They did not trust that the world God created was the best for them. Trust in all relationships requires a freedom of choice to respond in love. Therefore, God placed one tree that was off limits to Adam and Eve in order to build or test that trust.

 

 

With the temptation to be like God, Adam and Eve broke that trust and sin entered into the human race. As a result, there was fear and shame towards God. As well, there was blame, suspicion, loneliness, and power struggles between Adam and Eve. Sin is not an individual wrong doing, our sins create a toxic environment to all those that are around us. The sense of being open, vulnerable, and “naked” (much more than physical) in front of God, with one another, and with the rest of creation was now lost.

 

What will restore us and save us from this tangled web of toxic mess of relationships? What came through the mistrust in our relationship with God will require us learning to trust God through the healthy relationship with another. Among the many reasons that God came into the world, one central reason is that through Jesus Christ, God offers us the possibility of a healthy relationship with Himself and another human being. In Jesus, we can have a saviour and friend. In Christ, we can find safety, love, and the restoration of what was lost. Jesus Christ is the God-man, who suffered, bled, and died so that we may experience forgiveness and unconditional love. What came through mistrust of God can be regained through placing our total trust in Christ.

 

May we ponder and reflect on our relationship with Jesus Christ as we learn to trust God.

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 08:29