Summary: Do you ever wonder how the world began? Did it beging with evolution or with a God who loves us?
The Origin of Sin/Creation
Picture #1: The Origin of Sin
It was plain that something was bothering Franklin. He moped around the house and picked at his food. His mother had been aware of his discontent for some time. Mrs. Roosevelt called him to her room, “Sit down, Franklin,” she said, “I want to talk to you.”
Franklin dropped into a chair with a sigh..
“Franklin, you seem to be unhappy. How is school going?”
“Okay,” he mumbled.
“Your girlfriend?” (You know how mothers fish)
”No, Mother, she’s great!”
“But why are you so unhappy?” mother questioned. “Your father and I have given you everything a boy could desire. What more do you want?””
“My freedom,” Franklin grumbled, “I have no time to do my own thing. From the time I get up until I go to bed, I have to do what somebody tells me to do.”
“I see,” said his mother. “So you want freedom to do just what you’d like without interference from anyone?”
“Right!” he exclaimed hopefully.
“I’ll talk it over with your father. You may go now. I love you, son.
The next morning at breakfast his father announced, “Your mother tells me that you want your freedom. You are free to do as you please.”
“Wow! Thanks.” Franklin grabbed his jacket and dashed out the door. He didn’t stop running until he reached the bottom of the hill at the Hudson River. All day he roamed the woods and skipped rocks on the river. He showed up at home, tired and hungry. Nobody asked where he’d been or what he’d done. Supper was over for the family, so he went to the kitchen to help himself to whatever was left over. He debated with himself whether to even take a bath. He didn’t have to. But he decided to do it anyway. Then he fell onto his bed exhausted.
The next morning, after breakfast, he walked to school and sat down opposite his teacher. School wasn’t so bad now that he was there by his own free choice. His parents had taught him how to make good choices. I think God was very wise when He made us with the freedom to choose, don’t you?
The Bible doesn’t tell us much about what happened before creation. I imagine the scene in Heaven as something like this:
Picture #2: Before this earth was created, God lived with His Son and the angels in Heaven. Love was the foundation of God’s government. He took no pleasure in forced obedience but granted freedom of will. To obey the One they loved brought each angel great joy. Lucifer was the shiniest angel of all the angels. It says in Isaiah 14:12, that he was called “Son of the Morning“.
Turn to Ezekiel 28:14,15. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you. You were on the holy mountain of God; You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created.” And in verse 13, it says, “The workmanship of your timbrels and pipers was prepared for you on the day you were created.” This verse suggests that Lucifer lead the choir of angels.
Lucifer had it all. But it wasn’t enough. He wanted to be God. In Ezekiel 28:17 it says, “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; for the sake of you splendor.” And in Isaiah 14:13 it says, “For you have said in your heart: ’I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.”’ What made Lucifer change?
Picture #3: One day at God’s usual meeting with the angels, He told them, “My Son and I are planning a special surprise. We are going to create another world. I need you to help me by doing just what my Son says.” That would be easy! They liked to do what God’s Son asked. After all, they loved Him. They knelt before the Son and broke into songs of praise and adoration to tell Him so.
Picture #4: Lucifer, however, frowned at God’s request and walked away from his place next to God. He began to mope.
“So God is making a New World,” he said to himself. “He didn’t ask me to help. I sit on the right side of the Father. I am the wisest and most beautiful of all the angels. Why should God expect me to obey His Son? He is partial to the Son. Humph! If I were in charge everything would be better.”
Picture #5: Lucifer held secret meetings with the angels. He told them, “With God’s Son in charge, our freedom is gone. I’ll never again honor or obey God’s Son. If you are smart you will not serve Him either. I love you more than God’s Son does. Let me be your leader.” So Lucifer spread discourse in Heaven. Now the perfect harmony of Heaven was broken.