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No Shortcut to Eden

randomlychad  —  June 25, 2012 — 1 Comment

In the beginning, God…

We know that story–how He created the heavens and the earth, populated it, and finally made a man, Adam.

While all the other creatures had mates, Adam was alone. And after pronouncing all of creation “good,” God said that it was “not good for man to be alone.” So He caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and performed history’s first surgery. Tradition tells us that God took a rib, but the Hebrew seems to be closer to “side”

So God took something from Adam’s side, and fashioned Eve.

And the man was no longer alone.

But I wonder: did the Lord take something more from Adam’s side, perhaps some of his soul? Else how do we explain his longing for Eve, how he followed her down the rabbit hole?

Isn’t that how it is? When it comes down to it, how of many of us–when confronted with the same choice–wouldn’t do as Adam did? Because remembering what it was to be alone, and weighing the cost, he chose Eve.

Chose that flesh of his flesh over the Maker Who made him a living soul. Even having walked with the creator in the garden, she was his to have–and to hold in ways that God perhaps was not.

Think of it! Having walked with God in the cool of the day, knowing Him in a way that we won’t until… the faith becomes sight.

Ever since that fateful day, when they ate of the tree, man has continued to turn to “Eve.” It seems, like our father Adam, we will choose the readily available over the incorporeal. What is right in front of us…

Because it is not good to be alone. So we, whether we believe or not, long to recreate that edenic bliss, seek to fill that hole in our souls. But there is no shortcut to Eden–to live, we must die.

There is no going back.

Jesus says to us what He said to Thomas:

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29, ESV)

How about you? Do you believe today? Where does the answer to your question lay?