How did we get ourselves into our Dire Predicament in the Valley of Tears?
How did we get ourselves into our dire predicament in the Valley of Tears?
The story of Adam and Eve is viewed by many as a child’s fairy tale with little or no relevance to us today. Its lesson is judged too simple and, hence, too well-understood, to deserve any further serious contemplation. It is taken for granted. Few sermons are preached about it. Yet, the story of Adam and Eve is the sine qua non to an understanding of our dire predicament in the valley of tears and God's plan for our salvation.
The serpent, jealous of God's love for us, tried to extinguish it. Surely, the serpent reasoned, if he could induce Adam and Eve to opt out of paradise, their ingratitude would extinguish the bonfire of love that burns for them in the heart of God. Surely, the scope of God's love does to extend to ingrates.
Therefore, the serpent testified to us that we would become gods without God in the valley of tears (Genesis 3:5). The serpent's testimony was the sugarcoating that embellished the valley of tears. God testified that, in the valley of tears, we would die (Genesis 3:3). No embellishment here.
There was a conflict in the testimony.
Newly minted humanity had never encountered testimonial conflict. This was their first time. They were confused. As rational creatures, they knew that the testimony of both God and the serpent could not be true. Yet, their only experience was with reality. They were neophytes with regard to illusion. This was their first encounter with illusion. So, they decided to conduct an investigation for themselves. They would determine for themselves what was the reality and what was the illusion. Thus, they left paradise and entered into godlessness.