“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Gn. 3:6 ESV
The doctrine of Original Sin is a viewpoint held by many in the Christian faith. In its simple understanding, it states that every person is born in a state of Sin from day one. Which means that every person born starts life depraved by God. I’ve always had a problem with this concept until recently. For how could a loving, good God create something that was imperfect?
The fact is God didn’t create junk. When he made Man & Woman, He stated “very good.” However when our first parents decided to fulfill their personal desires that included rebellion against God, the goodness of God retreated and the void was replaced with sin.
Original Sin is simply the absence of God within a person’s life. In the garden of Eden, there was also the tree of life (GN. 3:22). Adam and Eve could have eaten that tree first, but didn’t. Instead the path chosen led some 4,000 years later to the initial visit of Jesus Christ who became our sacrificial offering and representative before God. He paved the way for a new birth via the Holy Spirit.
Our original parents could have eaten from the tree of life then and receive the Spirit. However, humanity likes to make things harder on themselves rather than just accept the process that started on Pentecost morning when the Holy Spirit birth the Church.
What does that have to do with being Me-ish? Simply without God’s Spirit we are operating totally from a self-centered perspective. We view and operate within the world from our central heart. However, when God’s Spirit makes its residence within you, you become a new creation. You begin to view life through the eyes of the Creator God. You now seek solutions that involves your neighbor and God and you. You no longer operate from a ME-ish position. Instead you operate from a Kingdom of God worldview. Your platform becomes your means to express God’s way while loving your neighbor and yourself in the process.
Eve was Me-ish when she satisfied her desires without taking God and future mankind into consideration. Are we any different? Only because of the grace of God via the Holy Spirit are we different.
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