Ever since I became a blog contributor for Christian Pig, I’ve been thinking about different things I could write about. As a musician, a movie buff and an athletic dude, I figure there are a plethora of topics that I can tackle; yet here I am, writing for my newest blog entry, and all I want to do is talk about God. As God is the most important part of my life, I guess you truly are what you eat, metaphorically speaking.
Periodically, I get a bug up my butt to start reading the Bible from beginning to end. This past Friday, the 13th of May, 2016 being the most recent day. Genesis, here we go! I’m gonna make you my bit…..well, I’m gonna start reading you. As I read, a couple of verses stood out to me in a way that they never have before, and at first it left a bad taste in my mouth.
Genesis 2:16-17, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
SOOOO many thoughts!
1) God created all things, including that damn tree that He told Adam not to eat from. Not only did He create it, but then He put the tree where Adam could easily access it, and then God said “but don’t!”
2) Our omniscient Father KNEW that Adam and Eve WOULD eat from it, yet He still chose to put that tree there anyways.
3) Since God knew that Adam and Eve would indeed sin against Him by disobeying His one command, and He planted the tree anyway, can it not be said that it was God who tempted man, not the serpent in the garden?
4) We believe that God is the Author and Creator of everything, and as evidenced by putting the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Adam’s midst, knowing that he would sin, doesn’t that mean that God is the Creator of original sin?
5) WHAT KIND OF FATHER WOULD DO THAT TO HIS CHILDREN?!?!
Yeah, all of this was going through my head at 6am this morning, before I started my commute to work. Good times, haha! I closed my bible and finished getting ready for work, pondering and questioning the entire time. What kind of father would I be to my son if I purposefully put my wife’s Lego Millennium Falcon in his room, but then said “don’t play with it, Logan,” knowing full well that my son would be beyond tempted to play with it? A shitty father was the only answer I could come up with. And then….AND THEN, if I got upset with my son for disobeying me, EVEN THOUGH I was the one who put that temptation in his room in the first place?!?! I mean, wow....absolutely dirtbag move on my part!
This entire thought process was messing with me big time! “God,” I pleaded, “what was the fucking point of it all?!” I tried to rationalize FOR God, as if that was necessary, or even possible. Without the fall of man, there would be no need for a Saviour, and if sending His Son to die for us was part of God’s plan, so was planting that stupid tree, right?! Okay, but still kinda shitty, in my opinion.
Back in the day, when I was plugged into a great church and studying as much as I could, one of the teachers at the church said something that has always stuck with me: who are we, the creation, to question the Creator? Through the years, whenever I’ve come across something in Scripture, or life for that matter that I don’t understand, I’ve always repeated that phrase and just chosen to have faith. As I’ve grown older, I’ve let go of that line of thinking a bit. I truly think that it is okay to question God. I mean, come on, even Jesus questioned His Father when He was dying for all of mankind’s sin: “Father, Father, why have You forsaken Me?!”
On my commute home from work today, God gave me scripture to back up that phrase, however. Isaiah 55:9 says “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Okay God, good game. I love how You ended it by crushing me with that amazing slam dunk!
As I type this, and I think about Genesis 2:16-17, I still don’t get it. It still seems like a punk ass move to put that tree in front of Adam and say “eat EVERYTHING ELSE, but not from this tree. This one right here. See it?! This big, beautiful tree, with luscious fruit, just like all the other trees. Don’t eat from it....or you’ll die.” In one hand, there’s that question. In the other hand, however, lies Isaiah 55:9, and it’s easy for me to just say “Okay God, I don’t get it, but I believe that You had a plan behind what You did, and I trust You implicitly in that plan.”
What kind of Father would do something like what God did in Genesis 2:16-17? A wiser Father than me.