This is a very Christian themed post. If you aren’t into that, and you want to hear my song (of course you do :) ) go down to the end….
Why God “made” or “allowed” sin is one of the greatest stumbling blocks to anyone seeking to understand the purpose of God’s salvation plan. And the typical answer is that God wanted a relationship with His creation, and that cannot happen without “free choice” ie: man choosing to have the relationship. And while that is true for a deep meaningful relationship, I believe that there is a little more to the concept of sin than the relationship issue.
One of the foundational laws of physics is “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. And one day is just hit me……The answer to sin lies in opposites! God created mathematical opposites to balance the universe. And just think about it: Up/Down, In/Out, Night/Day, Forward/Backward, etc. What about balance to good? Did there have to be a balance to good? I think, in order for us to have free will, the answer must be YES. So the concept of evil was a “necessary evil” to allow us to understand the nature of God and “good”. And what is the synonym for evil? Sin. Without sin there cannot be an understanding of “good”. So the Tree of Knowledge was created and God gave one commandment to Adam. Do Not Eat It. The Choice to eat it allowed evil to become a reality, thereby showing “good”. And evil continues to test mankind to this day.
Of course when this popped into my head I thought: I will win the Nobel prize! I have solved the mystery of good and evil and this is the greatest theory since M Theory hit the physics world in the 90’s! Well, ok, NOT……. but for one manic moment I thought this was a novel approach to the “problem” of sin and a God of love. In reality, this is silly and simplistic. While there may actually be something to my balance theory (and it really is mainly my quirky sense of humor spouting another Lori-ism), the reality is that God simply cannot, yes, CANNOT stand to be near sin. It is His one “limitation”. Satan was partly right when he said we would be like ‘gods’, knowing good and evil. We can do the one thing that God can’t do: sin.
But I’m not a slug, and can never be a slug, and is that an enviable state? I think not. So Satan was doubly cruel, how much he hated this finest creation of God! Most people read the Fall of Man in a didactic way, and it never occurred to me to look at it more personally until I listened to a CD called The Story. The first song is Adam and Eve’s lamentation. And it is so powerful, it left me speechless. If you have suffered through this post, then do listen to my rendition to this amazing song. I wish I had the music with it, it is only a shadow of the real song. (You will need your earphones as it is very soft for some reason.)
If I Could A Capella
For me, this song made the Fall of Man not a theological discussion, but an anguish laid on two people who have been vilified, who have had to bear the brunt of generations of sinners on their shoulders, who saw God leave them, who were outcast from perfection. How they could have survived this, built a life for themselves and had a family is amazing to me. Darn that sex, I would have never had kids if I were in their place…..
Since perfection existed for an unknown period of time before sin entered our hearts, while the physical world must be in balance, the mental and spiritual world is probably not subject to these laws. Sigh, I had that money all spent in my head…..