It’s not fair! Adam and Eve shouldn’t be allowed to make my choices for me!

Have you ever been in a situation where one person ruined something for everybody?

I was at an amusement park with my friends one time, and they were about to get on this spinning, spinning, spinning ride.  I knew one millisecond on that and I would want to get off.

But my friends stood in the long line.  When they were close to the front, sure to be on the ride next, one of the teenage kids getting off the ride messed with some kind of control.  He probably didn’t really “do” anything, but the whole ride had to be shut down and go through a process of safety testing before it could be reopened.  I believe it was going to be like a 45 minute process.  My friends got out of line, and everybody was pretty mad at the kid who messed with the control.

Was it “fair” for the ride operators to shut the ride down, when the people waiting in line had done nothing to deserve not getting on the ride?  Well, it was fair, because the operators weren’t going to put people on a ride that might, by some remote chance, end up killing someone.  Safety is nothing to mess with.

Sin is nothing to mess with either.  When Adam and Eve sinned, their soul changed hands from belonging to God to belonging to Satan.  Their DNA began the break down from perfection and eternal sustainability to deterioration and death.  God forced them to leave the garden of perfection because they weren’t perfect anymore.  It wouldn’t be wise to let imperfect people live in a world that had changed from paradise to purgatory. 

I can complain about the Eden kick-out until I think about what would have happened if God hadn’t kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden.  Everyone would have to live on this broken world until its destruction if we ate from the tree of life each day.  That would mean prisoners of wars would be endlessly tortured for thousands of years, never dying.  That would mean that people sold into slavery in unthinkable circumstances would be forced to live like that for thousands of years.  And if God hadn’t shut Adam and Eve out of Eden–if He had allowed them to eat from the tree of life–then His promise that they would die if they ate of the fruit would have been broken (Genesis 2:16), making God a liar–and God never lies (for example, see 1 Samuel 15:29, Titus 1:2).

Every time Eve conceived a child, that child would be fallen.  We now know that DNA is copied with mistakes, and this results in the birth impairments we see present in every creature on earth.  But more than just a physical change, every child was born with a sin nature: a disposition towards sin.  Adam and Eve had, without knowing it, sold their children into slavery!

Who would buy them back?

God would!

I’ve thought before that God was unfair to continue the human race after Adam and Eve sinned, thinking, “Why didn’t He just destroy the whole earth right then, if He knew there was going to be all kinds of suffering and death brought about because of sin?”

But keeping them alive is by the very grace of God!

God knew all the children who would ever be conceived as a result of Adam and Eve.  He wanted them to have the opportunity to know Him!  He couldn’t do that if they never came into existence.  And so He allows the world to continue, until His last child is brought into this world and has had an opportunity to know and believe in Him.  (How does God know who His children are?  Because He knows what people will choose.  This doesn’t mean He makes people choose something.  God chooses everyone to be in His kingdom who will receive Him (John 1:12), but not everyone will respond to the invitation.  See, for example, the parable of the Dinner Banquet in Luke 14.)

Did Adam and Eve mess everything up for all their children?  Yes! But there’s a second story going on here . . . and that is that their children actively participated in messing it up.  We all know in our heart that we have done wrong during our lives—that we have sometimes been the person messing things up for everybody else.

So we need redemption not only because of our ancestors Adam and Eve, but also because of our personal sin.  The bad news is we can’t get into Heaven the way we are.  The good news is we can get into Heaven through Jesus Christ.  The question is whether or not we want Him to bring us in by His sacrifice, His total payment of our sins.

I know I do.

God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same: Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift.  They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ.  God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins.  We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death.  This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins. And God gave Jesus to show today that he does what is right.  God did this so he could judge rightly and so he could make right any person who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:22-26, NCV)

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