If you read my previous post objectively, without indulging in wishful thinking, it should be apparent that philosophies and religions that claim the absence of sin are at best fantasies, at worst hypocritical. In order to really understand foundational sin, you must understand what we were created by God to be and do. Much of the following perspective, and a lot of verbatim, comes from my friend and mentor Robert Andrews, and his blog post. God’s family business
“God created mankind with a three-fold, eternal purpose for living in order for His eternal purpose to be accomplished. It would make sense that our best chance of living a fulfilling, satisfying life would involve discovering and pursuing, according to the Bible, our very reason for existing, would it not? We saw that purpose for mankind is to:
1) Rule as vice-regent over the earth and all it contains, as God’s representatives;
2) Reflect the image of God, their creator, i.e, ruling just like He would rule, including looking and acting like He looks and acts.
3) Reproduce and fill the earth with offspring, perpetuating that rule with descendants who have a vision themselves to join Daddy in this family business (Genesis 1:26-28).
“In the Garden of Eden, Satan deceived man into straying from the purpose for which he was created, God’s endgame for him. So, when God turns on the lights in our hearts, we begin to see what happened at the cross.” In contrast to the (futile) self-effort demanded by other religions to overcome sin, perfect yourself, attain true happiness and total satisfaction, Jesus Christ’s voluntary sacrifice on the cross did the work for us. “Sin was forever judged and put away, it is no longer an issue with God, and He is now completely satisfied with me, right now, just as I am. I am free to quit worrying about how God thinks I am doing (He says I am doing fine!), so I am now free to forget continually evaluating my performance and look at something besides myself for the first time, God’s purpose for me.”
This is the answer to those who accuse Christianity of being negative and judgmental, of consigning us poor sinners to a hopeless existence or an eternal torment! Accepting Christ’s sacrifice for yourself makes you perfect in God’s sight! No, you won’t behave perfectly, but you will be progressing, inevitably, towards the perfection God has in store for you. For the believers in self-effort, including many (most?) Christians, THIS IS AN INSULT! Why? Because I am saying that you and I can contribute NOTHING towards our salvation or perfection. If you place your hopes on self-effort, you will fail and not be much of a partner in “God’s family business.”
“The Bible tells us that God’s business of ruling over the earth through man began, of course, in the Garden of Eden. The start-up there had a very rocky beginning, as it was derailed almost immediately at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. There Satan deceived Adam, God’s newly installed president in His fledgling business enterprise, into renouncing God’s leadership and following Satan’s. In doing so, he surrendered to Satan the authority to rule that God had given Adam when he was created. That authority to rule only came to Adam as a result of his child-like, dependent faith in God alone for everything. It is called “living (ruling) by faith” in the Bible. At the Tree, Adam rejected this life of faith and adopted Satan’s way to live instead—by determining for himself what he should or shouldn’t do, what we would call “living (ruling) by his own free-will.
“With Adam, Satan’s temptation at the Tree had been to “be like God (even though you are not!).” “You don’t need God to do your job of ruling. You can make all the right decisions yourself, independently, apart from the Father, completely on your own.” Do you want a fuller understanding of these issues–God’s family business, the root sin, redemption, the unnecessary futility of self-effort? Read Robert’s entire post (link at the top), but read it with the proper spirit–that of accepting your total inability to obey God’s law.