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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Fall

Why is it that when I hear sermons about The Fall, when I read about The Fall, and when I've done Bible studies that include something about The fall, why is it that they all act as if God didn't know it was going to happen?

God created everything, God knows all, He's known me since the creation of time, universe, earth, and so on--but really? He didn't know Adam and Eve would sin?

I can't get on that train.

I've never heard someone express opinions about the fall that say God created the universe knowing full well the first people would sin and He did it anyway with His divine plan in mind anyway. Nope. I hear them say, God created everything perfect for us and we screwed it up so then He had to come up with the Jesus plan.

Ok, so they don't say it quite as sarcastically as I, but is my point being made?

Quit acting as if God had to change His plans because we did something that surprised Him.


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4 comments:

Kay Day said...

Nothing ever surprises God. I agree.
I don't know how all that worked and why. I just know nothing ever surprises God and I take comfort in that.

Dan Keohane said...

It's funny. In the book I've been working on and am preparing to market, Plague of Locusts, the main character (in 2163 - yea a sci-fi one this time) is writing a tome of mankind's exploratation of the stars.. anyway, here's an exerpt of an exerpt of his writing:

:...where God finally put his stamp on mankind, rebuilding them in His image, sending them out among the less-perfect humanoids under the pretence of expulsion from the Garden. On a personal note, I’ve always assumed God knew what would happen as soon as He said, Don’t eat that fruit. This view, one of my many personal theories on the Creation story, has always seemed most... right, if not somewhat heretical to the more fundamentalist of my ilk. As if Yahweh had used the Garden to build the perfect humans, all the while seeding the planet for tens of thousands of years with Lesser Man. Adam and his family became the final ingredients needed to finish the recipe once they were outside the gates of their home. As you can tell, unlike many of my predecessors I’ve always found myself drawn to the stickiest of Old Testament questions: Who was Mrs. Cain? ..."

Gin said...

I can honestly say I've never heard a sermon or study that said they thought God was surprised by Adam or Eve's choices.
Thank God, cuz that really is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Doesn't the word "God" mean automatically that He knew what was gonna happen and did it anyway?
Geez.

Angie Poole said...

You are so funny. Your post just gave me a vision...

God's sitting there on Heaven's porch, relaxing with his cup of coffee and his to-do list all checked off when--CRUNCH.

And the pencil in his hand snaps in half.

(Yeah, I don't buy that theory either.)