Posted by: Jim Rosemergy | February 14, 2013

What Are We Thinking?

Don’t you find it interesting that in the creation story found in chapter one of Genesis, God declares creation good. In fact, we are called good as well. So far, so good. Then we come to the story of Adam and Eve and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As you will recall, we are told not to eat of this tree. In other words, we are not to label things as good or bad. Perhaps our best declaration is: it is what it is. 

As you know, we fail to heed God’s guidance, and we eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We start labeling things good and bad. If you look closely at the story, you will discover that the first thing labeled “evil” is ourselves. Many of us have been thinking of ourselves this way ever since. Is it wise to label something evil that God has created and called good? 

Notice that we don’t call anything evil until we eat of the tree of the knowledge… In fact, the roots of this event are so deep that they are part of the dogma of some religions. 

Let us return to the beginning and withdraw our labeling of self as sinful and evil. How dare we call evil what God has called good! Dear friend, start with yourself today. You are not birthed in sin. You are birthed out of the goodness of God, and no declaration of man or dogma of the church can change what God has made. 

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  1. *Thanks Jim and I must remind myself of what is said in eccliastes 3…. What God has done is forever and nothing can be put to it.*

  2. Dear Jim,
    How reassuring to hear you say that we are not born in sin. When my daughter Elizabeth was born 48 years ago and I looked into her face, I knew that she was a gift from God and not born in sin.

    Will you ever visit Raleigh, N.C. again to give a sermon? Blessings to you and yours.

    I can still hear Nancy’s loving voice saying, “Hello, Friend.” on the prayer line
    when you ministered here.


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