The Truth Will Set You Free – Part Four
Lies can lead us to ungodly beliefs. Lies also tend to cause separation. Lies can lead to blaming others.
Genesis 3 records the event of humanity’s original sin. While living in Paradise, they decide to believe a lie and disobey God. The net result was to blame others rather than take personal responsibility and repent. Here’s the account.
“9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ 10 He said, ‘I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.’ 11 And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ 12 The man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.’ 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” Genesis 3:9-13
The account shows us that Adam began by blaming God saying, “The woman whom You gave to be with me”. Then Adam continued by blaming the woman, “she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”
When God confronted the woman, she played the blame game by saying, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” To her credit, Eve realized that the serpent had lied to her.
It seems as though the natural result of lies and sin is blaming others. It happened in the Garden and continues to happen to this very day with sometimes tragic consequences.
For example, whenever a first-born child dies, the once euphoric couple has only a one in three chance of staying together. Normally, blame sets in and divorce transpires. The blame is usually the result of lies that the couple believes. I am aware of a couple whose toddler died by drowning in their home swimming pool. The husband believed that it was the wife’s fault for not watching the child every second of the day while the wife believed that the husband should have never insisted on a swimming pool for their home.
In the example, where’s the lie? For one, the ungodly belief is that when tragedy strikes, it is always someone’s fault.
Is there someone you blame for something which has caused a rift in the relationship? Are you sure they are to blame or have you adopted an ungodly belief based on a lie?
Here’s another ungodly belief for consideration. Whenever someone does sin against us, it is alright to blame them, refuse to forgive them and separate from them. Sound familiar.
Maybe it’s time to quit blaming others, start forgiving those whom we think trespass against us and begin a process of reconciliation.
Something to think about…