The Blame Game

Sunday, January 24, 2016

“And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” (Genesis 3:12 KJV).

Prepare for a psychology lesson from the Word of God!

The Bible is often viewed as an “anti-science” book. Today’s Scripture and its context illustrate this is simply not true. Psychologists and psychiatrists can study the human mind and human behavior in a lab and conclude that Genesis chapter 3 is certainly literal history—not “primitive fables invented and compiled around ancient Jewish campfires.” Whether the first man in the first instances of human history, or the 21st-century human in the most recent instances of human history, blame-shifting is one trait they have in common. There is no fantasy here, friend!

After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, Genesis chapter 3 says: “[9] And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? [10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. [11] And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? [12] And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. [13] And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”

God called Adam to accountability—“Where are thou?” Adam, although now discovered, did not confess to any wrongdoing, however. He surreptitiously shifted the blame (God was not fooled). Today’s Scripture says Adam not only blamed Eve, but declared, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” In other words, “God, it is Thy fault, for Thou gavest me Eve!” And, Eve, she replied when God asked her what she had done, “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” That is, “The Devil made me do it!” (So, friends, whether in Genesis chapter 3 or modern society, we see human nature at its best—blaming God, blaming Satan, but never self!)

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