What if your understanding of Christianity was somewhat in error? Would you do anything at all to correct it? Or would you hide behind the dogmatism of the establishment instead of creating your own very personal relationship with the Lord? Of course, that is what we are told must be done if we are to be or become a child of God, isn’t it?
What if Adam was pronounced ‘good’ because he was created to fulfil a specific purpose; a purpose The Creator ordained would come to pass in the fullness of time?
The question we are faced with is was Adam pronounced ‘good’ because of his moral purity, innocence, and personal relationship with God, or was he pronounced ‘good’ because he would accomplish the ultimate purpose of God in creating him? Can it be both? I think not! And here’s why:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
In unpacking this primary statement of creation, there are several things to consider.
First, God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. So how is it possible that darkness is upon the face of the deep in the newly minted creation? The definition of holy is ‘separate’. God created heaven and earth to be apart from Him. His light is not an integral part of it. Why would God create something He wanted to be separate from? He did so to fulfil His ultimate purpose for it.
One of the primary directives Holy Scripture gives us is to “be ye holy as I am holy”. God sees the end from the beginning, not through clairvoyance, but through planning. His plan is detailed to the subatomic level. For the children of God to ultimately join Him in eternity, we must be holy as He is holy.
He does not have to be the author of sin for His plan to be detailed. He created us with a carnal nature. Scripture says that the carnal mind is not subject to the law of God, indeed it cannot be!
Okay, is it jumping to a conclusion that we (in Adam) were created with a carnal nature? Oh, but this is getting ahead of the story!
Returning to holiness, we have to go back to creation before the beginning. God is eternally holy. God is light and life. So what is He eternally separate from? All that is antithetical to life and light! That is what He wants His children to be. Now we have to ask ourselves, is this the best of all possible worlds for God to accomplish His ultimate goal; if indeed that goal is to bring the fruit of His creation (mankind) into eternity with Him; giving us eternal life with Christ as co-heirs. We, of course do not know what we will be in eternity, but we know that we will be like Him!
Do God’s ends Justify God’s Means?