Thursday, March 17, 2005

LIMITATIONS AND BLESSINGS OF THE FIRST CURSE

"To the woman He said, 'I will greatly multipy your pain in childbirth,....Then to Adam He said, 'Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, "You shall not eat from it; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it; By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." - Gen. 3:16-19

What are the lasting effects of the curse brought on Adam and Eve? For one thing, it teaches there are consequences to sin. Imagine if there was no downside to committing wrong, to playing the daredevil and playing too close to the edge? The Bible teaches that man is separated from God by his own sin, and the curse placed on man is a continual reminder of this. The curse is a reminder that life is short and that we shall return to dust. Mortality has a way of making a person examine his life and be prepared to meet the Creator. Without this, we might go merrily through life without a clue that we are headed to eternal destruction.

Thankfully, we are not cursed directly due to Adam or Eve's sin. Spiritual separation is passed on only when we sin as Adam did. Paul writes, "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, BECAUSE ALL SINNED." So while there is physical fallout and spiritual lessons to be learned from the original sin, spiritual separation from God only occurs when each person disobeys God as Adam did (Rom. 5:12).
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