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.”