“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3 NKJV).
Since we have been talking about how simple salvation is, it has me thinking how humankind has the knack of making things complicated. We have certainly done this in matters of religion.
God, on the other hand, has the knack of making things extremely simple. Perhaps even too simple. Let us look at just one example of this. In Genesis 1:1-31, God tells us the whole story of how he created the earth with all its vegetation. He tells us how he made the sun, moon, and stars. Then he relates how he made the waters swarm with living creatures and the dry land teem with animals and birds of all kinds. At last, he relates how he created man and woman. God summed up all this in a mere thirty-one verses.
Let me ask you: if you were tasked with writing an account that would survive for some 6000 years about creation, no doubt it would have taken you vast libraries to relate the same account. How amazing!
Although humankind has greatly complicated God’s plan for his own redemption, it too is very simple. Over the next couple of weeks, let us look at the main points of this redemption.
God made man in his own image, and that creation was entirely good. Man and Woman were made to have continuous fellowship with the Almighty, and indeed they did so, by walking and talking with God in the Garden of Eden.
Unfortunately, the woman (and man) was beguiled by the sorcery of the serpent and through that act, he began to look to the tree of knowledge and to himself as the source of salvation. The result was the fall of humans from fellowship with God and from the Garden.
In fact, we are still falling to this very day. The results of that fall are obvious all around us. For instance, although God gave man dominion over the earth and over all living things, today we see the earth having dominion over man.
Consider the fruit of the vine, the tobacco plant, the marijuana plant or the poppy flower. God made all these things for the service of man (Psa. 104:14), but we see man serving them through his alcohol and drug addiction. This is but one small example of the fall.
Christianity looks upon man as inherently evil and totally fallen. We base this upon the account of Genesis that we have mentioned, and upon several other scriptures. We will dig into these next week.
However, when we come to the place that we realize there is no good thing in us, we have at that moment come to the place of God’s help. When we are willing to turn away from our own evil and turn to God and to his way, we come into the state known as repentance. We must come into this state to ever reach God (Acts 3:19).