Thankfully, we have the evidence within our reach—in His book, the Bible. It not only tells us that the world was created by God; more importantly, it tells us who God is. His words reveal how to discover the best and highest path possible for our life.
We must stop blaming God for what is wrong with the world. God, from the very beginning, never intended to burden us with sin—he didn’t burden Adam with sin. God made him upright!
“God gave Adam the freedom to forfeit his righteousness. If you’re a God follower and if the habit of your heart is to blame God, you must really question yourself.
The Bible tells us: We need to start confessing that we are far from upright.”
—Pastor Colin Smith
The question one may ponder is: how did Adam know what was right and good? What I’ve learned over the years from great Bible teachers is simply this: God wrote what’s right and good on Adam’s heart. Because he was made upright.
Thomas Boston wrote something helpful: “Adam did not have the law written on tablet stone. But it was written on his mind and the knowledge of it was created within him. God impressed upon his soul and made a law to himself.”
In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, it is explained that God gave everything to Adam. God gave him Eve, and gave them marriage as a gift. The perfection of their relationship was blessed by God but their continued union with God required obedience to His requests.
The Ten Commandments were revealed much later.
Adam didn’t need a law, he was a law unto himself. He didn’t need the Ten Commandments. The knowledge of right and good was in him. It was given to him, it was natural and changeable. He had the freedom to forfeit his righteousness.
One of the questions we all ask is: Why did God allow sin?
If Adam was upright and didn’t sin, the whole world would have been upright too, and the world would be a paradise. So why did God allow even the possibility of sin?
The answer is: Freedom—because of his love for his children. God made Adam upright and also made him free. For Adam freedom meant choices with many consequences.
God made man upright, but sadly man searches for many schemes.
This is the view of some in the world that we are all righteous. We are not righteous! We fall short on a daily basis! As for me and you, we go to church not because we’re upright, but because our sin brings us to our knees with a humble heart, acknowledging that we’re in need of a Savior—whose way, truth, and love is the Most Exhilarating Path Possible!
Thank you, Father, the God of all creation! I’m standing before you with a humble and thankful heart as a justified sinner—reconciled through your son Jesus Christ, and all my good is in him. When he returns, I will be in him, for I stand on Christ’s rock. Amen!