Theology (is) for Girls: Anxious Adams

This is a sister blog entry. Be sure to check out Megan’s thoughts on the same topic here, as we blog together! Please comment your thoughts on both posts.  

Today’s blog is taken from Genesis 3. The fall of man and the effects on mankind. Read the story there. You’ll find a woman who–for just a moment–forgot that God was good and that she was created in His image. She wanted to be like God, to ‘know’ like God. But God had already deposited Himself in her…We are left with the in which God has graciously continued to be involved in the cleaning up.

I spent most of this week feeling anxious. Not for anything in particular, but hard for me to sift through all the same.
– I felt anxious because I wasn’t  in class this six weeks and I feared I’d forget routine.
– I was anxious for busy schedules and lazy feet.
– Anxious because my creative outlets have been few lately.
– Anxious as I read the news about a young man who murdered his parents. Sad as I imagined how they felt at the hands of their son.
– Anxious that every errand I ran yesterday found me in line twice as long as I was in the aisles.
– Anxious at the grocery store, when I noticed a man in every aisle I was, looking on the very same shelves as me…without a cart or basket in hand…following me and my daughter until a store manager escorted us to our car.
– Anxious as I received another rejection letter and knew that it was time to lay the first manuscript aside.
Sometimes, it feels as if this world is working against me. Time is not necessarily my friend. There are more things to do during the day than my energy allows to accomplish. There are bad people out there that I can’t ignore. There are many others with far greater gifts than I.
It’s a little self-loathing…a little failure to trust in God…a little fear of fellow mankind…a little inability to work the time and tasks the Lord gives me…
A little “last moments in Eden.” Don’t you think?
This weeks’ question for “Theology is for Girls” takes into consideration the fall of Adam and the effects on mankind. Everywhere I went this week, every emotion I felt, every news story I read—tells me we are still harvesting the effects of Adam’s fall.
A while back, I wrote on Eve here. If you read that post, you know—if given enough time—I would have eaten with Eve.
But what did she lose afterwards? Is there anything she gained?
Adam and Eve were at complete peace. No unexplained anxiousness for them! So often we hear of people looking for inner peace—they had it! Inner contentment was theirs! What would life be like if we were absolutely content with everything around us? If we had no internal or external conflict with God or man?What if we were content with ourselves? Gasp! Is that possible? Adam and Eve were…until they listened to the voice of temptation and then acted in disobedience.

After the fall, mankind lost intimacy with God. Deuteronomy 6 reminds us to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength. These verses, known as the Shema, in Jewish culture, is recited every morning and is a reminder of how we were meant to live—in complete spiritual intimacy with our Creator.
Separation from God.
I can still feel it, even today, when I pray there are mornings He feels so far away. Sometimes He’ll surprise me and show Himself—for my benefit, to remind me that He is very present—and I am always slightly stunned, as if I can’t believe He showed up.I have to remind myself that it was man and woman who hid from God after their sin. He continued to come down to walk with them. He called Adam’s name and asked where He was.

Separation from God.
Recently I read that Jesus is often called the last Son of Adam. What does this mean? I had always been taught that I was a ‘son’ of Adam, too, because of my state of sin…
If Jesus is referred to as the last son of Adam by scholars, then I am guessing He is the last man to be under the curse of Adam–the curse of separation–through His death that Passover day. Through His resurrection, that separation is now reconciled. That spiritual intimacy is once again available to all of mankind.
But we don’t live in the Garden anymore do we? We have reconciliation to God through Jesus available to us in a world that has yet to be remade. The world still suffers the hurt of the fall, and those who look for inner peace, contentment, purpose, and intimacy through anything other than Jesus might know that hurt better than any of us.
Adam’s sin and its effects on mankind leaves us in a world that is terminally ill and unable to heal itself.
Which is why you and I are so vital in God’s plan. You are the physician’s hands to the Great plan of reconciliation.
I asked the question, is there anything mankind gained from the fall? If anything, this would be it–the opportunity throughout scripture to be part of God’s grand plan of reconciliation of our neighbors, families, and friends to Himself. Amazing that He would allow such an honor.
Megan, a new acquaintance from Sunday Women, asked if I’d like to write on issues that are all things theological. Yes! Yes! I raised my hands quickly to type the response. I met Megan through another blog post where we agreed to disagree on some points, yet ended up in the same place on others. It was her idea to blog two different sides of the same issue and see what we could learn from one another! Thanks, Megan.

3 thoughts on “Theology (is) for Girls: Anxious Adams

  1. As the author of the "sister post" (love it) on this topic, I first want to say that I'm stretched and sharpened by reading your perspective.I'm really glad you pointed out some stuff I missed the chance to talk about: separation from God and Christ's beautiful work of reconcilliation. Perhaps our perspectives diverge when we talk about who, exactly, is under Adam's curse? I'd say each individual is either in Adam or she is in Christ. (Another subject for another discussion?)And, to answer your question, I do think something is gained if we get to participate in a salvation "into which [sinless] angels long to look" (1 Peter 2:12.)Thank you, Marian, for investing in my education!

  2. Living in the world we do, it is hard to understand why so many people say, "Man is basically good." There is evil out there, and, if we are honest with ourselves, we all have sinful inclinations. As Bob Dylan sings, "Everything is broken." I am glad we have a Savior who can fix us.

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