Saturday, October 15, 2016

Blaming God: the essence of original sin

 When God spoke to Adam after he had eaten the forbidden fruit, Adam said, "the woman whom you gave me, gave me the fruit...."Adam was blaming God. Yes, he was also blaming Eve, but first he was telling God that it was all his fault. If God had just left well enough alone and never created that pesky woman in the first place, everything would have been just fine.
When Adam had first seen Eve, he was filled with awe and exclaimed, "At last, this one is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh." But now, after the calamitous fall from grace, Adam no longer saw the woman as a gift, but a liability.

Blaming God. It's so easy to do, and we all do it. This is the essence of original sin, not just the offense they committed but shifting the blame to someone else, especially to God. In the text of Genesis, Adam and Eve never express any real repentance for their sin. They just blame each other and shrug off any responsibility. I wonder: was that the real test? Was the test not just disobeying God's command, but refusing to take responsibility? What if they had truly repented after disobeying God--would that have meant they passed the test?
I don't know. But today when we see so much blame going around--especially in our political culture but all over, really--isn't this what ails our society? The refusal to take responsibility for one's own life?


Ruth Ann Pilney said...

Yes! That's such a good insight, Sister Marianne.

Sr. Marianne Lorraine Trouve said...

Thank you, Ruth, it's good to hear from you! May God bless you!

Truth Seeker said...

If God let them eat from the Tree of Life it would have avoided so much misery.

Sr. Marianne Lorraine Trouve said...

Through the redemption God gave us a better Tree of Life--Jesus himself and the redemption he won for us on the cross. It's available to us now but how many people reject it because they think they have a better idea. The point of the Garden story is that Adam and Eve couldn't have eaten from the tree of life because they didn't have the necessary dispositions to profit from it, and couldn't get back what they had thrown away by sin.