Why did this happen? Who’s to blame? Who’s at fault? Given a tragedy of this magnitude, someone or something has to be held accountable.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.(ESV)
So God makes man in His own image and gives him authority and dominion over all of creation and declares that it is very good.
8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 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.”(ESV)
God makes a beautiful garden, full of all kinds of fruit trees in which Adam is to live and be overseer. God does give one rule/instruction/command/warning – there’s one poisonous tree in the garden, don’t eat it’s fruit because it will kill you.
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.(ESV)
So God, desiring to further bless the man He created, formed the most beautiful woman imaginable, the final piece of creation recorded by God, to be Adam’s helper, companion, friend, wife, lover, soulmate.
Where’s the tragedy? What’s the problem? The Almighty Creator of the Universe in His benevolence created the perfect man, put him in the perfect environment, gave him the perfect woman as a wife, gave him the perfect job – ruler of the world.
The problem, God gave the perfect man and the perfect woman autonomy, freedom of choice. God loves us so much that He endowed us with the power to choose to love and obey Him or to disobey and reject Him. God wants us to freely love Him back, not forced or out of compulsion.
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
Satan in the guise of a serpent, provides the first temptation/test of God’s single rule – do not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Why not eat it’s fruit?
Because you will die.
Die from what?
The evil that will come from it.
Are you willing to trust a serpent over God?
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”(ESV)
Now we see the blame game.
Who’s at fault? Adam blames Eve and indirectly God, the woman YOU gave me. Eve blames the devil masquerading as a serpent. The devil doesn’t get the opportunity then to blame anyone but we know he is a constant accuser.
So who get’s blamed when tragedy strikes?
The devil made me do it. God made me this way. Maybe it was a bad environment or a bad home life. Perhaps television shows or video games, societal influences, culture, lack of education. Man never seems to take responsibility for his actions. Another interesting observation, society seems reluctant to blame the individual for their actions, they want to blame something else for causing the individual do that which is evil or detestable.
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.(ESV)
1 John 2:
16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.(ESV)
16 “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.(ESV)
12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.(ESV)
Who’s to blame?
Each individual is responsible to God for their own actions without exception.
Be cautious here, you may start to think that by your own merits you are good enough, after all, you’re not as bad as the majority of society.
We are all sinners, we are all guilty, there is none righteous…..but one
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.(ESV)
10 as it is written:“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands; no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good, not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.(ESV)
Praise be unto God for He offers mercy, grace and redemption to all who believe in Jesus! Pray that God will send revival to our land.