The very first doubt…

Here’s a quick one, one that’s been on my mind for a while… One of the takeaways I love from the Eden story is what seems to me is the birth of doubt.

God created us in His image, with free will…but without His infinite wisdom of course. This was imperative for us to be able to bring Him glory since mindless individuals He created praising Him wouldn’t really add to His glory. So with our free will, we can either accept and believe what God says about us and Himself and the universe–or we can question what He says.

It’s pretty amazing that at first, all was working well, and Adam and Eve were trusting what God said and enjoying a great intimate relationship with God but then the very first doubt in history came up… Satan (whose name MEANS liar) asked a simple but well-crafted question which invited that first doubt: “You won’t surely die if you eat that fruit, will you?”

As far as I can tell, that led to the first doubt in all of history. Since then, Satan has demonstrated a refined ability to offer the questions that appeal to us, and we have demonstrated a practiced ability to doubt.

BTW, my guess is that the last doubt ever, just before the element of The Revelation is fulfilled, won’t be too very different from the first… As Michael Myers used to say as Linda Richman, “Discuss.”

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About puyman314

I am one of the volunteer worship leaders at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Downingtown, PA, where I've attended since 1973. I was baptized, confirmed, married there...my daughter was baptized and confirmed there...and I GET to be a worship leader there! I work hard at being a useful follower of Jesus Christ, and I try to share what I learn and my passion for worship with others. By day I'm a professional computer geek and 24/7 I'm a husband and father and son and friend.
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6 Responses to The very first doubt…

  1. Mike Gurnicz says:

    Doubt is an absence of faith. When our faith wavers, we question God and His wisdom. We can substitute our own, limited wisdom, or listen to some other person’s limited wisdom. Why not put your faith in the one source of Absolute Wisdom?
    Mike Gurnicz

  2. Gary Sarkessian, says:

    “So with our free will, we can either accept and believe what God says about us.” What is it that the bible “says about us?” Especially at this early stage in the bible. Genesis 1-2.

    • allenhumcwl says:

      Well, Gary, God starts saying things about us right after He created us–like in Genesis 1:28 and 29. Then, rather importantly to this story, God said a few things about us in Genesis 2:16-18, including the truth about that one tree and our prohibition from eating from it. So, Adam could have doubted that God had given so many gifts and blessings in the first chapter, and could have doubted other elements of God’s pronouncement over him and Eve in Chapter 2.

      I actually kind of enjoy realizing how pleased God was with creating us. He started saying good things about and to us as soon as he’d created us!

  3. Gary Sarkessian, says:

    Lucifer, was Satan’s original name. Lucifer means ‘Day Star, Son of Dawn.’ In Isaiah and Job is noted the name changed. Either way it references the name change prior to Genesis I would suppose.

  4. Jerry Boyer says:

    May I encourage you to keep writing! Comments and responses/shares may be few, but God knows who those are, who need to read/hear the messages/lessons. May His Love and Blessings just shower upon you, yours and yours 2014 journey!!

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