My Addiction – His Fault? Part 8

Posted: July 27, 2012 in My Addiction
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i have to go back to the question of “Why.” It seems to me that the why makes a difference when it comes to how i get free. So i am going to share what i have found but, unfortunately as of this post there does not seem to be a clear-cut answer. So the quest goes on.

Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us [the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit], to know [how to distinguish between] good and evil and blessing and calamity; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever—

The word says that God created humankind originally without the ability to know good and evil or as some put it a sin nature, which i’m not sure is the correct term or even that the two are the same thing. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. . . . God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26-27). Genesis 3 records the fall of Adam and Eve, and what i understand to this point is that with that fall, sin entered into the two previously sinless creatures that God had made. No doubt there and…. when they, in turn, had children, their sin nature was passed along to their offspring. That sin nature showed itself in the very first man born from Adam and Eve, a man named Cain who became a murderer (Genesis 4:8). A question one might have would be, if Adam and Eve did not know the difference between good and evil, were they then to not eat from the tree out of sheer obedience? i am not implying that obedience is a bad thing. Or… did God consider that to be faith, that they were to, by faith, accept God at His word, without knowledge of good and evil?

One opinion of this whole thing is that instead of only the image of God being passed down through the human procreation process, a sin nature was passed as well: “When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth” (Genesis 5:3). The fact is that each and every person born from the beginning has inherited the sin nature of his parents. As i said this is one perspective.

I am not saying that i have not sinned that’s not even up for discussion. i know that all men (except for you of course) have sinned. An alcoholic is not one because his father was? Though he may be or may become one. But the alcoholic becomes one when he chooses alcohol as an option to God. Doesn’t it work the same way with sin? Don’t i become one of my own accord?

In broad terms i can see this perspective, but when i look at it more specifically, as it applies to my addiction to sin, i struggle to see it clearly. It’s as though i could say and maybe rightly so, Adam made me do it, so it’s all his fault?

  1. gold account says:… I will list some of the high points:Man is in God’s image in that he possesses: free will, reason, sense of moral responsibility.Man is given dominion over the earthMan is trinitarian in his being.Man is the mirror of the DivineMan is the offspring of God, created to live in communion with Him and bear His likeness. Man is the meeting point of the created and the uncreated.Like God man too is an unfathomable abyss. Man is created as the microcosm. As for approaching God’s sinless nature, of ourselves we cannot, with His assistance we can. Sinlessness is not primarily a question of broken rules, but of broken communion…like the limb of a tree ripped from the trunk. If the limb is grafted back in, communion is restored, and it can live again.

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