[Thought questions for Creation and the Fall February 6, 2013]
1. Enmity from God. Why did God put enmity between the woman and the snake in the Garden of Eden? (Gen 3:15). How is that sense of hostility carried out even to this day? Why does the Bible refer to the devil as a snake or serpent throughout Scripture? Is there anything wrong with admiring and appreciating snake-like creatures today? Have you ever imagined what it must have been like to live on earth untouched by sin?
2. Smart snake. Have you ever had a pet that was so smart you could teach it complicated tricks? Did the serpent in Eden learn tricks? If not, how did it become so intelligent? Do you think Satan rather liked his position in the tree in Eden and his opportunity to tempt Adam and Eve? How evil was Satan at that time? Has he become more evil through the ages? What do you think is Satan’s most effective tool that he uses to lead us astray? Why are we so guillible to his deceptions?
3. Eve’s mistakes. Do you think Eve was attracted to the colors and plumage of the serpent Satan? Or was he just a dull brown or gray snake? Have you ever seen a beautiful snake? Do you accept Monday’s comments that Eve evidently added to the words of God when she said God not only didn’t want them to eat of the fruit but not even to touch it? How could a Christian today see that as an important element in the story of sin? Does that expression by Eve of being forbidden to touch the fruit of the tree contribute to our appropriate attitude towards sin? If so, explain.
4. Deception. If we’ve been deceived and commit sin, are we guilty? Which is the greater sin: to sin without fully realizing that what you are doing is sinful–or to sin fully aware that you are disobeying God? What did Eve like about the fruit? Are you and I ever led to sin because the appearances don’t seem so bad? Can’t we use the way things look to help us decide whether to participate in them or not? Discuss. Can sin be graded from bad to worse? If so, what was the absolute worse thing about Adam’s sin?
5. Grace. Why were the Lord’s first words in this early Bible story, “Where are you?” Didn’t He know where Adam and Eve were? Why is Genesis 3:15 called the first gospel verse in the Bible? Living in those ancient days, would you have relished those words that predicted an end to sin? Why didn’t God immediately eliminate His sinful children and restore the earth to a world without sin? Is this hard for you and I to understand? Are we grateful every day we open our eyes that God chose to offer mercy and forgiveness?
6. Redemption. Does the gospel have relevance without sin? What is the best news about the gospel? Can you see a spiritual connection between the judgment described in Revelation and the judgment of Genesis? Explain. What would be unfair about having the judgment first and then the gospel? Are you in need of redemption? Why? Are your sins death-dealing? Are you destined to die and remain dead forever without intervention by the Lord of all? How much does that intervention cost? What does it take to obtain it?
7. Relief. As the enormity of their sin weighed down on them, did Adam and Eve slowly adopt a different attitude towards life? How is it possible to be granted the gift of a sinless, eternal life when we are so submerged in the slimy, filthy mud of sin? What do you say to an evolutionist who believes we humans are getting better day by day and gives stack after stack of evidence to prove his points? Could it be that there is more than one way of evaluating what is around us? Has your life grown fuller, richer and more meanginful as you have accepted Christ as your savior?