Summary: Adam, reflecting upon the poor choices he made, bellows from antiquity to this generation, pleading for change and providing wisdom to do so.
To: Humans Living in the 21st Century
From: Adam, the First Man
Re: Concerns and Admonitions
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I do not use these terms lightly. We are truly relatives, forever connected; in fact, I am honored to say that I was the first of our kind, formed by the hand of Yahweh (the Almighty God), from the dust of the earth. Myself, along with Eve, my wife, were the crown jewels of God’s six-day creation; we were set apart from the rest of God’s creation; God spoke everything into existence (trees, animals, etc.), then God elected to make us in God’s image and after God’s likeness. WOW! We were made to be like God and to look like God. Let me tell you, Eve and I had it ALL! We had peace. We had prosperity. We had provision. But we blew it, frittered it away, in a moment’s notice; in the blinking of an eye, we forfeited it all. Before I get too deeply into the remainder of this letter, I want to formerly apologize to each of you, as well as every generation, past and present, for messing everything up for all of us. I guess I could make an excuse, as I did then, but I think it is appropriate that I simply say, “I apologize”.
I made some horrible decisions and my concern is for thousands of years and, even today, the mistakes and bad decisions I made are continuing. If these poor actions took me away from my destiny and heritage and you are doing the same things, how will your fate be any different? If it harmed me, it is harming you. George Santayana, a 19th-20th Century philosopher, essayist, poet & novelist said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.” I was the first of us ALL…PLEASE, learn from me!
It is dangerous to know the truth, yet bargain with it and negotiate with it until the truth loses its grip on us. As plain as I can say it, the truth is the truth and the truth is not negotiable. Eve and I were hanging out when a serpent walked up to us and asked, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The serpent’s question, “Did God really say?” became our question, “Did God really say?” Do not negotiate the truth and question it by asking, “Did God really say?” The truth is the truth and God has not changed God’s mind: Do not commit adultery! God has not changed God’s mind. Do not steal! God has not changed God’s mind. Honor your mother and your father. God has not changed God’s mind. We know the truth, but the truth conflicts with what we desire, therefore we start to attempt philosophically and theologically explain what God said in a way that gives us the freedom to do what we want to. Stand on and for the truth! Call sin, sin! Let right be right and wrong be wrong! Make it non-negotiable!
And, do not walk around pretending like you’re not sure the difference between right and wrong. Sure, we ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and our eyes came open, but, since we are thousands of years removed from that moment and I have had an abundance of time to reflect upon it, I must admit that I am not so sure that I didn’t already know the difference between right and wrong before I ate the fruit. First, I was made in the image of God; how could I not know the difference between right and wrong? Second, I was so smart that I gave every animal its name; how could I not know the difference between right and wrong? Third, GOD TOLD ME WHAT WAS RIGHT AND WHAT WAS WRONG! How could I not know the difference between right and wrong? In 2013, there is Social Media, Facebook and Twitter, etc. There is the perpetual bombarding of images through the television and the big screen movies. Unlike other generations, there does not seem to be a common standard of morality. Even in the midst of all this uncertainty, STOP PRETENDING like you don’t know the difference between right and wrong. IT IS WRONG when we judge people through our prejudice. IT IS WRONG to play political games and not help the poor. IT IS WRONG to be sexually active outside of the boundaries of marriage. IT IS WRONG for children to be disrespectful to parents and other adults. WRONG IS WRONG! RIGHT IS RIGHT! I wish, OH HOW I WISH, I had simply decided that what God said is right and lived by it.