Religion started in the garden and it ain’t a good thing…
We’ve all heard the story of Adam and Eve in the garden. I have wrote on this previously but numerous people have brought it up this past week so I thought I would revisit it.
Adam walked with God. He (and Eve as well) were made in God’s image. They walked upright face to face with their creator.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,a and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,in the image of God he created them;male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
So if I get this right, man was ruler of this domain we call our world. He was walking with God, relating with God…. so what else could he have had?
Enter the snake. …
The devil slithers in in the body of a snake (bunny trail, anyone else notice a talking snake! ?!) and says to Eve “if you eat of this tree you will be like God.”
Lie number 1, 2, 3, and 4 all at once!
1. You can be like God if…
2. God wants to keep you below Him
3. You are not like Him
4. If you work at this and do _____ you can become like Him
By eating the apple they put mankind under the law.
In the Bible the law is is based off a set of commandments or rules. In a sense this was a legal contract. It required action on mankind to meet the standard.
The law was unattainable, the only man who was able to meet the law was Jesus.
What is religion?
re = to bind,
ligion = along the lines of legal or legislation
So to be bound up by the law (legalism).
A set of religious beliefs to adhere to or be controlled by.
Religion is a man made plan to (by works) attain a place or favor with/before God. It is impossible to do so!
If I could attain righteousness on my own the cross wouldn’t have had to happen. ..