Choose for yourself who you will service….(Joshua 24:15)
Today on our way home from the movies, Charlie told me about a man on his job that asked a question…
The question was:
"Is it fair that all man should suffer because of one mans downfall?"
Now, Charlie explained that the man meant that if in a community of people, if one man rebels, should all the people of that community suffer for his actions? It’s sort of a guilty by association sort of thing.
The Holy Spirit gave me something in regard to falling because of one mans wrong doing. It’s pretty awesome!! Here it goes:
What people think:
A lot of people are turned off to following Jesus because they don’t want to believe that Jesus is the only way to God. A lot of people also think that if your “good” you’ll get to heaven. A lot of people think that it’s not fair that because of one mans sin, we all fall short.
I hope God gives me the right words to answer your questions:
In the book of Genesis, it talks about how Adam and Eve had it all in the garden of Eden. They could have whatever they wanted except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The serpent offered Eve a pathway to take, called “her way”. The problem with going down the path of “her way” was that it was outside of God’s plans for her which made it sinful. Eve knew that eating the fruit was out of God’s will but it was pleasing to the eye, touch and taste. She enjoyed it! And you enjoy something, you gotta spread the word. So she gave some to her husband. At this point Adam had a choice to go down “her path” or “God’s path”. Well It was pleasing to the eye, touch, taste, and his woman approved! It seemed like the right thing to do so he did it.
I think it’s interesting that God didn’t banish Eve right away. I believe he didn’t banish her right away because he wanted to test Adam to see if he would follow her or follow Him. After going outside of his will, I also believe that God wanted to see if Adam and Eve would own up to going off of God’s path. Since they did not they started a generational trend of people following their path.The Bible goes on to give story after story of people he had the choice to go God’s way or follow in the sinful path of Adam.
NOW, where does the punishment part come in. Well since God is the head honcho of EVERYTHING! he has standards as to what he wants. If those standards are met, than he will separate the sheep from the goats. Throughout the old testament, people had to jump through hoops to try and get back on the right path to God but only a few could (an it was very few). God created a new solution in the New Testament, Jesus. Jesus say in “I’m the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can get to the father but through me.” (John 14:16)
The reason why Jesus is so important, is because he is the compass to God! Just like our Earthly relationships, if we are doing things to up set the people we love they’re not gonna want to be with use. Jesus teaches us how to stay of the path that pleases God, it is our choice to stay on that pay or walk off. That’s why the opening scripture in Joshua is so profound for this lesson…Choose today who your will serve?? Will you go the route of your parents and family members (anger, jealousy, drinking or wild partying), will you follow the crowd (media, friends, boyfriend or girlfriends) or will you follow God?
Lastly the Bible says that there is a way that seem right to man but it only leads to death….whatever path you choose will bring life (John 14:16) or death (Proverbs 14:12) which way will you choose?