As a curious teenager, raised in the Catholic religion, I wondered, when did humankind start? When did God create man and woman? Why did He do it? Why Adam and Eve disobeyed if they had everything? Why does humankind have to pay for their sins?
As time goes by, as a college student, not being able to find a convincing answer to my philosophical questions, I created an idea of who God was. To me, he was a superior advanced intelligent being who placed us on earth for a reason. He was an energy in the universe that relentlessly punished those who would not serve him. During this time nothing persuaded me to believe that God wanted a personal intimate relationship with me. Back then, my science driven world couldn’t harmonize with a God driven world.
Years gone, even though living a complicated live, I wanted to be a role model for my sons and sow the seed of God’s existence in them (in spite of my doubts). I decided my sons needed to know there is a God who sent his only son to save us because I believed and was having a real personal relationship with Him. But a hurried life pushes us, blinds us, overwhelm us, quiet us.
How did humanity start? Genesis 1:27-31 summarizes the order and plan God had with his creation…. 26Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” And, “31God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” He provided shelter, food and allowed mankind to rule over all the earth.
I have understood that God’s omniscience and everlasting mercy created mankind with a purpose. He granted dominion over all animals on the sky and the earth, all plants, then blessed them saying “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” As a father does, he wanted us to take pleasure in the eternity he enjoys and the marvels of creation. As we know, mankind was started with Adam and Eve. Their descendants were holly and blessed as they populated earth. Could you imagine such time of peace, harmony, and work as God ordered at Eden? Good fun, no death or sickness? Our Father always attentive, but as a gentleman never overwhelming us, bearing in mind His time is different from our time. Even in the 21st. century, we raise our children with the purpose of becoming productive individuals in society and being thankful of what we have provided them. While in the process, we establish rules and when they are broken, we follow thru with consequences. In the same way our heavenly father established a condition in lieu of everything that was given to man on earth. “16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Gen 2:16-17)
As our children grow, we warned them of dangers, when friends are not good, when movies are not uplifting, when language is hurtful. Our motive, so they can have a good live. But because of free will, we all take decisions that determine our future. God gave Adam and his legacy everything they needed and set the boundaries where not to go. Adam and Eve choose to disobey, in spite of having it all. To disobey God is to separate ourselves from His grace; that is the sin we’ll pay the consequences then and now. Satan used his strategies to persuade Adam and Eve; they and past generations fell from God’s grace and we continue to be separated from God’s grace.
We suffer when our children are disobedient, we get upset. God did too, but in his unending love for us he planned to save all who believed in his wisdom and grace, follow his commandments and believed the coming of his son Jesus Christ out of love for him. Jesus’ bloodshed would be the seal of the new covenant. God wants to rescue us from the enemy’s hold and lies. Only by accepting Christ in your heart, believing he is God, we can be forgiven and set free from sin… to be called then co-heir with Christ. Are you ready?