Do God’s Ends Justify God’s Means?
Last time we looked at the nature and character of God. We have looked at His plan and began to touch on the creation of man. This time we go further into the creature and his nature as created by God to bear His image.
God created man from the dust of the ground, male and female He created them. We are described as the vessel designed to carry the image of God. The vessel was created and the difference between his creation and the creation of all the other animals bears examination.
One, Adam was created especially to bear the image of God. Just as all the other animals were created, Adam was made out of the elements of the earth; the dust of the ground. Then comes the big difference. God breathed into him the breath of life! What does that mean? All the other animals have carnal life.
The question one must ask at this point is, was Adam created as a living being with carnal life before the breath of life was breathed into him? Can it really have happened any other way? Please bear with me for just a moment and consider the story of Jacob and Esau. It says that they struggled in her womb. And the prophecy was that the elder shall serve the younger. Esau despised his birthright and sold it for a bowl of soup. There is more but this will suffice for the moment.
What if the vessel, the elder, despised his birthright: bearing the image of God, carrying the breath of life, the younger; instead of being the chosen one himself. What if Adam the vessel was the carnal covering cherub whose birthright was to submit to the law of God which is the schoolmaster through which we know good? What if the carnal Adam was given a law though shalt not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day that thou eat of it you will die!
Now what if the serpent in the garden is the vessel scheming to sit on the throne? Remember the carnal mind is not subject to the law of God indeed it cannot be. What is the carnal mind going to do when confronted with the law of God? Break it!
Did the ‘Fall’ change Adam’s nature from one of willing, grateful, obedient, child of God, to rebellious, lying, murderous, hater of God? Where did Jesus say sin arose from? He said that if one looks upon a woman to lust after her, he is an adulterer already! Scripture says Eve was deceived but Adam was not! When Adam considered the fruit of the tree to lust after it as good for food, good to make one wise, and pleasant to look upon he was already fallen.
The lie was already accepted in his heart and the murder of the breath of life and the image of God was committed. Therefore he was a liar from the beginning and the father of lies and a murderer also. My suggestion is that you read Ezekiel 28, a lamentation for the King of Tyre, in this light.
Does God creating a creature whose nature is carnal and not subject to His law make Him the author of sin? I think not! But what is your thought?
Is this train of thought just as plausible as the one theologians have posited concerning the genealogy of Satan, Lucifer, whatever? There is so much more that supports this thesis and I will continue soon.
What about Eve? Was it really all her fault?