We’re all guilty. At some point in our life, we saw a sign or hear a rule… and just had to break it. It was like, we didn’t even think of doing the thing until something said we couldn’t. As if the thought would not even have occurred to us unless the rule had been in place. I mean, how Kindergartners would have thought to eat the glue before some said, “Don’t eat the glue”. Suddenly a challenge was placed before them and they had to try.
This insatiable desire to break the rule just because… goes back to the original sin in the perfectly created Garden of Eden. God designed us, he knew what our free will was capable of, he knew that our curiosity was able to persuade us to do things we would not normally do. But knowing all of that (since we are His design) he set up one simple rule, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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.” (Gen 2:16-17) There was no doubt we would break that rule. So why put it there?
The question continues when we evaluate the Ten Commandments. We only know what sin is because there are rules (or laws) to break. “What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” (Rom 7:7)
Had God not informed us of rules that we should not break, we would not have committed sin. Had He not made one simple rule in the Garden, Adam and Eve would have had no temptation from the serpent. So what point was there then in placing a rule in force He knew we would break? To assign value to the relationship in the first place.
Without the existence of sin, without the free will to choose right from wrong, there would be no value placed on the relationship we have with our creator. So by allowing sin in the world, God created a distinction from right and wrong. Then He placed a desire in our heart to reconnect with Him.
However, He first allowed us to try this reconnection on our own power. We had the desire to do right and be Holy and connect with God, but we were simply incapable of it. “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” (Rom 7:18)
This very dilemma creates a need for a Savior, found only in Jesus Christ. With our flesh dying to sin and rising again with Christ, we are once again made Holy and able to reconnect with God once and for all.
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