This blog is based on Genesis 3 – Verses 3-11:
I was recently preaching about being children of God
I was sharing the preaching of the word with a worship leader who said, if your troubles by not feeling like a child of God talk to the lay preacher in the congregation
Or today's preacher
What do I know about this – I don’t feel like a child of God I merely preaching about it
I did not pick the topic it was simply there in the chosen readings
I just speak on a given topic. I have no special knowledge or insight
I suddenly felt ashamed
I felt naked
I wanted to hide
So who are we to answer these questions – to not only eat but serve the fruit of knowledge?
In the passage we’ve heard God forbids the eating of the fruit of knowledge
Well God knew the fruit of knowledge was dangerous – once you know about your place in creation you cannot simple exist within it
The fruit make give you knowledge of good and evil (like God) but does not make you a fit judge
Once you have judged you are good you will judge others as evil
Once you know about the world that separates you from the innocent
Once Adman and Eve had eaten the fruit they were as distant from Eden as an adult is distance to a baby.
Separated not geographically but by knowledge – the knowledge of there dominion, the knowledge of good and evil and the knowledge that they were not innocent.
So is this the answer to reject knowledge?
To be a Christ said like little children
Well no of course not
The fruit has been eaten – the great fall has been endured
We are no longer innocents, frolicking in the Garden of Eden
So what can we do?
We could hide like Adman and eve but what good will we do?
People will seek us out, they will find us. Preacher our pretty easy to spot
We could answer with the theological answers that come almost off the shelf
Though we would simply be hiding our nakedness because we were ashamed of it
We would simply be separating ourselves once more – leaving the asker to wonder alone
Or we could like Adman and Eve and answer honestly, come what may
If we do not know then we do not know
We should be unashamed of our intellectual nakedness
If we are troubled by something then let us be troubled
If we are puzzled then we are puzzled
If we do not accept the store brought theology, why will the seeker accept are repetitions of it?
No we must accept that though we eat the fruit we are not equal with God
We are intellectually and emotionally naked and only he can cloth us
We seek absolutes and reassurance – when absolutes bring only temporary reassurance
We are merely people called by God
We do not know Gods meaning or purpose
Only God can provide that
We are allowed to wonder and search and doubt and not know
We are called to be honest to people, so they may know what truth looks like
we are simply asked to be tellers of truth
Rejoice in our nakedness for this is God work