“So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you…” –Genesis 3:14
I learned a lot listening to the story of the Fall of Man in my Bible discussion group last night. Some of it really rubbed me the wrong way.
Like how the serpent TOTALLY got shafted.
So, here’s what happens: the Devil possesses this snake, and then goes on with the used car salesman act: he twists some facts, acts real charming, and ultimately sells Eve a lemon (hey, the Bible doesn’t specify what KIND of fruit it was!). Eve then shares with Hubby–who I learned was NOT off napping in the forest like we’re led to believe, but rather was WITH HER (Genesis 3:6). Instantly, they acquire the Knowledge of Good and Evil (there was good and evil before; now they can figure out what is what), God comes out, and the first game of Hide and Go Seek commences. Adam, who obviously sucks at the new game he invented, says “Hey, we’re over here. Um…don’t look at my butt…” (yes, Tera, that was a Billy reference). A little bit of a blame game is played as to whose fault it is for tricking Eve into the the aforementioned lemon deal, and the cursing party begins.
What I find interesting is that God STARTS with the serpent. The serpent who was (as far as I can tell) possessed by the devil, which in my mind absolves him of any wrongdoing. The SERPENT didn’t do it; the devil took over the serpent’s BODY. But because of this, chicks hate snakes. I dunno–maybe the SNAKE had eaten a leaf off the tree or something and therefore knew the difference between good and evil. But what gets me even more is that God didn’t stop at the snake–while he’s doling out judgment on Adam, he curses NOT ADAM DIRECTLY, but the ground. Now come on, what did the ground do??!! Now we’re making no sense at all. Blah.
I guess the lesson to be taken from all this is that our actions never just affect us. There will always be consequences, and when the consequences hit the fan, they are guaranteed to NOT be distributed evenly. Fair? No. Bullshit? Possibly. But the things we do affect all kinds of other people. Your McDonald’s habit may seem harmless now, but tell that to the people who spend their time worrying you’ll have a massive heart attack. Drinking and driving–we ALL know how that can turn out (I’ll leave it at this–don’t be retarded.) Even our negative THOUGHTS about others–they affect how we relate to them, and if we SHARE those thoughts and the gossip snowball gets rolling–hoo boy, that generally turns into the Abominable Snowman. It seems that no matter how little the sin, there are always multiple people affected. Can we just stop sinning completely? No. Even the Bible says that. But perhaps an awareness of the effects of our actions (or inactions in some cases) will help us to make the world a better place. The beach is made of bajillions of single grains of sand. Single grains, while they seem like nothing, can make something amazing and enjoyable when they start to add up…
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