Saturday, February 19, 2011

Playing the Blame Game With God

"And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."-Genesis 3:12,13

Several years ago a young couple was on a long distance trip across several states. They had just graduated college, and had the wedding ceremony of their dreams, and the world was there for the taking. Life seemed so promising, and they considered themselves truly blessed and grounded in faith, and openly thanked God for all they had. They returning from their honeymoon cruise, and everything was going great. Both the husband and his new bride were flying high after returning from such a wonderful cruise. They were in love, and nothing in the world could go wrong. However, this didn't mean that nothing would go wrong. Trouble seemed to start almost immediately after stepping off the cruise ship. The old saying, "The honeymoon is over" never rang so true than it did on the way home for this new couple. 

Any long distance car trip can have its challenges, however after several set backs on the road including car troubles, this one appeared to be almost more than this new couple was prepared to deal with.. That is, at least as a team. After all, they were newly married, and not used to coping with problems as a married couple. They lacked the experience of relying on one another as husband and wife, and this created friction within the trip. Rather than band together, the couple made the mistake of drawing the battle lines.

The big blow up came in the form of a tire blow out somewhere in the middle of Alabama around 2:00AM. After being lost and set back a few hours, an overheating car, and the husband losing his wallet, this was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. The inexperienced couple reverted back to being individuals and began to play the blame game with each other. The husband blamed the wife for getting them lost, which set them back several hours, and the wife blamed the husband for driving too rough with the car, causing the tire blowout. 

Then someone said it. They openly asked, "why us, God? What did we do to deserve this?" 

Inexperience in life matters and a lack of trust and understanding in God led them to blame Him for their troubles. 

Apparently man has been blaming God for an imperfect world since the beginning. In Genesis 3:12,13 we see that Adam made a confession to God as to his role in the sin of eating the fruit. Adam clearly says in the end of verse 12, "...and I did eat." This would have been an admirable acceptance of responsibility on Adam's part, but he ruined it with what came out of his mouth before the confession.

In the beginning of verse 12 Adam made sure everyone present was blamed- including God Himself. Adam started out saying, "...The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree..." (emphasis mine).

The first person Adam blamed was Eve. He wanted God to know that the woman was the person who initiated the sin, but then he made the subtle suggestion that God Himself should also share the blame. Adam basically said, "Had you not given this woman to me, none of this would have happened!" It was only after Adam blamed everyone else did he finally own up to a very small piece of the guilt.

Eve, being made from Adam followed in Adams' footsteps and blamed the serpent for her responsibility. Only after she blamed the serpent did she admit her small piece of the guilt as well. However, the most interesting part of this conversation is when God asked the question, "What is this that thou hast done?" This of course was rhetorical. God was well aware of what had happened. He was aware that Adam and Eve had been tempted by Satan, and thereby exercised their right to free will. He did not ask Eve this question so that He can understand what had just happened, but rather that Adam and Eve can fully understand what had just happened.

The fact that Adam and Eve exercised their God given right to free will does not in any way imply that God's power to create a perfect world is lacking. Had God created man without the right to free will, then the world would not have been perfect, because the worship given to God would be forced. God does not want forced worship. Revelation 22:17, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And he that heareth, let him say, Come. And he that is athirst, let him come: he that will, let him take the water of life freely" (emphasis mine).

Sometimes we can be like Adam and Eve. When something bad or unexpected happens in our lives we look to blame everyone else for our unfortunate circumstances. Sometimes we focus the blame on God, because after all, He's all powerful, and could've stopped it from happening, right? However, James 1:13 says "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:" (emphasis mine). 

When we truly grasp the mindset of God we see that He is a just God who, though we make wrong choices that hurt Him personally, is always willing to provide forgiveness (Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 2:1).  Romans 8:1 says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," No other relationship we have with anyone else is able to offer the same promise. God can use any person who is willing to accept the responsibility for their actions. Don't believe me? Ask the former harlot Rahab, or the former church prosecutor Paul. 

Or how about asking Adam and Eve?

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