Entry Level Theological Truth [27]

“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5

After contradicting the Lord’s word, the serpent impugned the Almighty’s goodness by inferring that His prohibition of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was motivated out of self-serving jealousy that wanted to withhold something worthwhile from human beings.

Satan has employed this timeless tactic throughout the centuries to plant seeds of doubt regarding their Creator’s intentions in people’s minds. It is a common misconception that God is the cosmic kill-joy – a self-absorbed ogre who wants to hoard the good stuff for Himself, while keeping His creatures in bondage. But this could not be more inaccurate.

 


God, The Ultimate Party Killer



 

Drunkenness is celebrated in film, literature, and song; yet God commands sobriety. The quest for possessions is recast as the good life and pursuing “the American dream,” but He says that covetousness is a subtle form of idolatry.The Lord demands chastity when conventional human wisdom affirms that sexuality centers around man’s pleasures and desires – no matter how illicit they may be. The rise of pornography is a case in point, as R. Albert Mohler, Jr. insightfully reminds us:

The sex drive, which should point toward covenant fidelity in marriage and all the goods associated with that most basic institution, has instead been corrupted to devastating effects. Rather than directed toward fidelity, covenantal commitment, procreation, and the wonder of a one-flesh relationship, the sex drive has been degraded into a passion that robs God of His glory, celebrating the sensual at the expense of the spiritual, and setting what God had intended for good on a path that leads to destruction in the name of personal fulfillment…As sinners, we corrupt what God has perfectly designed for the good of His creatures and we have turned sex into a carnival of orgiastic pleasures. Not only have we severed sex from marriage, but as a society, we now look at marriage as an imposition, chastity as an embarrassment, and sexual restraint as a psychological hang-up. The doctrine of sin explains why we have exchanged the glory of God for Sigmund Freud’s concept of polymorphous perversity.1

Repeatedly, human pleasure seems to collide with the divine will. Surely this must indicate that our Maker wants to limit our enjoyment of life, some people reason.

 


Delighting In God



 

Drastic negative repercussions follow when something’s inherent design is perverted. In the hands of a medical doctor morphine can be a relief to someone in excruciating physical pain. In the hands of a neighborhood drug pusher it becomes a poison that endangers the health and well-being of those who use it. Cars are meant to run on gasoline or diesel, not on Mountain Dew soda (“pop” to you Midwesterners.) If one tries to fill their fuel tank with a carbonated beverage things will not go well for their automobile’s engine.

Likewise, God designed humans to know and walk with their Creator (Gen. 5:22, 24.) People are meant to develop a relationship with God (Gen. 3:8.) In Him they find life, light, love, and peace. If they seek these things independently of Him they encounter negative spiritual consequences such as alienation from their Maker and the loneliness, lostness, and slavery to sin that such a state of being inevitably produces. James 1:16-17 cautions us: “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

 


Enjoying The Good Life



 

In Christ, believers experience fellowship with their Creator and revel in His blessings. To try to use His blessings – such as knowledge – independently of His guidance is to court spiritual disaster and sets one on the fast track towards twisting the good gifts of God. He wanted Adam and Eve to have knowledge, but He wanted them to seek it within the Godhead, who possesses all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:2-3.) As one has said: “Man gained the knowledge of evil without the power to repeatedly resist it and the knowledge of good without the power to consistently do it.”

Far better to seek knowledge and the truly good things of life from the One who is the originator of good and the perfect bestower of blessedness. As Psalm 36:9 reminds us: “For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalm 119:130 agrees: “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Lastly, the Lord Jesus asserts: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:11.)

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1R. Albert Mohler, Jr., “The Seduction of Pornography & The Integrity of Christian Marriage, Part One”; found here: http://www.albertmohler.com/2012/05/29/the-seduction-of-pornography-and-the-integrity-of-christian-marriage-part-one-2/ Accessed on 5/31/12. [Boldface mine.]

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2 comments

  1. Uel crothers

    This is necessary, accurate, and impactful

  2. Thank you, brother Uel!