We have just used Occam’s Razor to help examine details of The Fall.
In earlier works I have expressed the idea that chapter and verse, are great tools for navigation in Scripture, but they are really not so hot in developing or supporting the whole context of Scripture. Doctrine is supposed to rely on the whole council of Scripture on a particular topic for determining what God wants us to understand about that topic. Here is one of the clearest reasons for the idea that chapter and verse may not be adequate for that task.
9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
The entire passage continues on to 10:42. But what concerns us most immediately is above. The man was blind from birth so that the works of God should be made manifest in him. God knew this man before he was knit together in the womb. He was to serve a purpose to glorify God, for which God created him.
Was Adam any less predestinated to serve the purpose for which God created him? And yet if you look at confessions of faith, you will find no reference to this passage as providing any proof of God’s absolute sovereignty over His creation. I did a search on proof texts of God’s sovereignty. This passage did not make it into the top ten. None of the texts that made it are about a person who was directly and personally impacted. They are all abstract. God does as He will. If God be for us who can be against us? And so on.
But here is a guy born blind so that God would be glorified. His condition was known. He was known. So when he was healed on the Sabbath there was a ton of legal issues the Pharisees had with who did it, how it was done, etc. All of their legalisms were seen for what they were and they hated it! And they hated the One who showed them up and tried to stone Him for doing it instead of praising the mercy of God and the miracle He performed.
We are no different than the Pharisees. We have cherished beliefs about the source of evil in the world and the tempter that caused Adam to sin. We have no wish at all to see our father Adam as the one who became the serpent in the garden; the one who questioned God by questioning Eve and deceiving her. He had been given dominion. But the law came with it. He was not free! He was not the final authority. He told Eve they would not surely die but they would be like God knowing good and evil. He lied. He was not deceived. He was filled with pride. He was given the law, Eve was not. She knew the law and said so. But was deceived by the only person she would have listened to!
God was willing to create Adam to fall so that in the end holiness would reign supreme in His creature. Just as He was willing to create a man born blind so that in the fullness of time a miracle no one had ever heard of – the restoration of sight to one who had been born blind – would bring glory to Him and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. So that in the fullness of time sight would be restored to His church and we would see just what it meant that Christ came as the Second Adam; so we could see what it meant for the Son to lay aside His royalty and be born a man, a servant, the Only Begotten of the Father, our Redeemer.
Again I refer to the Apostle: Hath not the Potter power over the clay? Of the same lump to make one vessel to honor and another to dishonor.
Next time we delve into The Revelation!