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Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world.

Isn’t that what all humanity looks back at and longs for? What we believe is the solution to your problems and mine? Finding Utopia, replanting Eden, discovering Paradise…

The Garden provided all the first couple needed and more than they could want.

And God said, See, I have given you every herb… which is on the face of the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also to every beast… to every bird… to everything that creeps… in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.  –  Genesis 1:29-31

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Under a sheltering canopy days were spent among fruitful trees and flowering vines, grassy slopes beside a crystal river, while tending, relaxing and reveling in idyllic, vibrant life. And every evening they talked with God face to face. He— the Creator, Sustainer, Father and Friend.

Their euphoric life together knew no strife, no stress, no anxiety, misunderstandings, heartaches, or pain. Nothing difficult, nothing lacking. They were fully and completely content.

Adam and Eve found in each other the perfect mate, and in the Creator, the consummate Father—the only parent who has not once failed those dependent on Him.

Yet the seed of rebellion was planted. When the Slanderer questioned God’s goodness, and scorned His provision, suggesting the possibility of something more, the woman believed the lie: that her Father had withheld something good. Free will reached for the one thing forbidden—the only pleasure they were not allowed. What they did not realize is, this pleasure came with a price.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God…  –  Genesis 3:8

Greed arising from unholy desire, and human reasoning trumped God’s Word and God’s will. And guilt was born, producing fear and every other unholy emotion and ambition you and I have wrestled with all our lives.

After Eve reached beyond the boundary to take what was not hers, she offered the same to the man. Adam’s choice to share the fruit and live in sin with her, rather than live in paradise without her, was a decision that plunged the entire human race into the murky abyss of spiritual death—the gaping black hole of eternal separation from the One Who truly loved them… whose one prohibition was meant to protect them.

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Without exception, each child birthed since the Beginning was conceived in sin. You, and I, and every single human individual was born a wayward child, walking in our own direction, exactly 180 degrees away from God.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?  –  Jeremiah 17:9

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; there is none that does good.  –  Psalm 53:1

What’s a Father to do with His wayward children?

To be continued…

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