The rebellion of creation

February 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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I’ve heard many people who talk about the rebellion of creation. They talk about how all of creation rebelled when Adam and Eve sinned against God. In the beginning, God created everything in six 24-hour days about 6,000 years ago. At this time, there was no death, disease, or thorns. All of creation was obedient to God and seen as “very good” by God Himself. Adam and Eve were told that they could eat of any tree except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When they ate of the tree, they rebelled against God and God’s judgment (which He had told them before) came to pass. Because of the sin, the entire earth was cursed. Some call this the rebellion of creation. All of creation groans because of sin, but it’s not all of creation rebels. As a matter of fact, there is only one aspect of creation that has rebelled against God and that is man.

Even though all of creation has been affected by sin, it still obeys God. The earth still revolves around the sun. It still spins on its axis at just the right angle to host life on the planet. Seasons still happen at their appointed times. Plants still go through their own life cycle as they always have. They are all obedient to the way that God said they should be. Animals still obey God’s plan for them. All of the physical laws of nature still work according to the way that God set them up to work. Because of sin, all of these things are affected and may not work as well as they used to, but they still work in obedience to God.

Man is the only one that doesn’t do this. We are the only ones that rebel against God. We do not operate according to what God says but instead we go our own way. Yes, I understand that our body still works according to the way God made it. But, as an active, moral agent with free will we all go our own way. When man was first created, it was in God’s image. We are NOT little versions of God! We have many of His characteristics. The one part of creation that rebels against God is the one that has been made in His image. We make our own idols instead of worshipping God. Sometimes, these idols are made of wood. Other times, the idols are just in our mind and they represent something different than how God described Himself. We deny the death of Christ on the cross and instead try to work our way to heaven. We put ourselves in charge (not really) and live our lives contrary to His commands and have the unmitigated gall to still ask for His blessing!

There are problems that I see happening if this continues for much longer. I fear for the future. Our children continue to grow up in a world that is drawing them further from God. The fear that I have is that they are not being told about their faith and they are not being taught how to defend it or apply it to their lives. In Exodus 12, the Israelites were told that they were to explain the Passover to their children when they asked about the lamb, the slaughter, and the blood. Many people and churches are doing this and the reason I know this is because it shows. I look at the children coming through the public schools and those coming through the churches and see them unable to defend even the most basic tenets of Christianity. Why? Because their parents and their pastors can’t do it either. They have moved from biblical Christianity and have embraced the entertaining, soft, weak message that many have run to in order that their churches might be filled.

Our nation continues to profess God with its lips while their hearts are far from Him. Many in our nation profess to believe in God and many claim to be Christians. Sadly, many of these people deny that Jesus is the only way to heaven, even though He said so Himself. They claim that there are other ways to heaven when there are not. They live their lives in sin (many openly) and therefore mock the truth of the One they profess to follow. This is evident in the fact that many who go out and witness to others or open-air preach the true gospel often talk about their hardest critics or opponents are those who profess Christ. Many of those who profess Christ while living in sin are doing so more aggressively and vocally leading others to do the same and drawing them away from salvation.

The Bible says that there are many who will stand before the Lord and be turned away from Him because He never knew them. He calls them workers of iniquity. When many stand before God on the Day of Judgment, it will be the first time that they actually believe in Him. They will be on their face before a holy, righteous God who is not going to be bribed by their good works or be moved by tears. They will not be able to tell God their sorry and gain heaven, they will not shake their fist at Him, and they will not “gladly go to hell”. They will not even be able to plead for mercy because it will be too late. Those who think that they will do these things really have no understanding of who God is. They see Him as a doting daddy or as only love and nothing else. These people obviously haven’t read their Bibles. All it takes is a cursory reading of the Bible to see that God is neither of these things. He is not a doting daddy. The Bible says that we can call Him “Abba”, but many people take this in a way that they shouldn’t. He’s also not all loving. He is love, but He’s not just love. If anyone holds either of these views, then they don’t understand the true God and have embraced an idol.

As Christians, we should be warning people of what’s to come. We should be speaking the truth even if people don’t like it. We need to stop watering down the gospel. We need to show people they are rebelling against God and lay out what the consequences are. If we don’t do these things, then we are rebels just like those we’re supposed to reach.

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  1. I always find it humorous how you Christians are always trying to out-Christian each other.
    You guys are hilarious!

    • kip,

      I’m not sure I follow. Care to elaborate?

      Thanks


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