For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. – Genesis 3:5
I have always thought that the worst part of the curse we all received when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was the fact that we had to die. Death is coming for all of us. We don’t know how, we don’t know when, but it is coming. The more I read Facebook posts, watch the news, talk politics with people, and just observe human behavior, I think I believe differently. Death is not the worst part of the curse. The worst part of the curse is the fact that every single human born on this planet has his or her own idea of what is good and what is evil.
I remember watching “Roots” with a group of students for Black History Month. We had just watched men, women and children be captured and transported in the worst possible conditions. Almost all the students were saying, “I just can’t believe that is how it was! I can’t believe anyone could do that to another human being.” Then, one kid piped up in all sincerity. He wasn’t trying to be mean or start junk at all. He said, “C’mon y’all . . . they are just trying to make a living for their families.” Before everyone erupted, there was just a gasp, a pause, and a look at this kid that said, “What in the world is wrong with you?”
From the 16thto the 19thcentury, many people thought it was perfectly fine to basically kidnap people and have them work as slaves, while others thought it was absolutely appalling. Today, we certainly do not lack for opinions. Somebody thinks selling humans for sexual activity is “just trying to make a living for their families,” while others want to hunt the people who do this down. Somebody thinks abortion is a perfectly fine medical procedure while another thinks it is the worst thing we do as a civilized society. Somebody thinks that their religion is the only one that is right, while another believes that all religions should be banned. Humans all over the world are all over the place when it comes to what we really believe in our hearts as right and wrong.
I think about how far I’ve come in my own life. When I was younger, some people in my life influenced me to believe that black people were inferior to white people. I believed that there was nothing wrong with having sex outside of marriage. I believed that the music I listened to had absolutely no effect on my heart and mind. I believed that cuss words were “just words.” I believed that cheating was no big deal. I believed that as long as you didn’t get caught, stealing wasn’t that big of a deal. I had no problem telling lies. All the while, plenty of people who believed differently tried to teach me otherwise.
Every person has his or her own idea of what is good and what is evil. I would venture to say that just as each person is uniquely different in so many ways, our ideas of what is right and what is wrong would be included. No two people believe exactly the same on every single issue.
So what are we to do?
The greatest thing I’ve ever done is give my life over to Jesus Christ. I thought as a 16 year-old kid that I was only giving my soul to Him and that I’d get to go to heaven when I died. Turns out that was only part of the deal. I eventually gave him my mind. The living Word of God is the ultimate judge of what we think in our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). When it comes down to what I think and what God says, it doesn’t matter what I believe, His Word is the end of the matter. But, just like I believe this, there are others who believe the Bible has done more damage to society than good. Like I said, this is the worst part of the curse. People honestly believe that they know better than God. I did too at one point in my life. However, I am so thankful that God has proven to me over and over and over again that He really does know best.
I write this morning I believe with a John the Baptist anointing and simply say to all who are willing to read, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Satan tricked Adam and Eve. Don’t let him trick you. What you believe and why you believe it matters!
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. – Acts 16:31