It’s Not My Fault
What a strange experience it is to live in a world where an individual is never to blame for his actions. He is the victim of what was done to him. His failure to get a good education is not his fault. It is the poor quality of the books and equipment as well as the poor skills of the teachers that he had to endure. If a child winds up as an alcoholic, drug addict, violent offender, or sexual predator, it is not his fault. He was repressed as a child and has chosen to take out his hostility on others because he did not learn how to cope with such “oppression” in his childhood. If he has a car accident while speeding or driving recklessly, he secures an attorney that can prove it was the fault of the auto manufacturer for faulty construction that did not prevent him from a deadly crash.
How very sad that we have now exploited Genesis 3 to unbelievable proportions! If you recall, the first man was not responsible for his sin….it was “that woman” God gave to him. It was not Eve’s fault either. It was that serpent that God made and put in the garden. So, truth is…none of us are guilty of any wrong doing. It is all God’s fault for creating us! Right??? WRONG!!!!
God made each of us as free moral agents. We make the choices moment by moment to either live for Christ in righteousness or move from Him through willful and negligent sinfulness. Righteousness brings wonderful rewards from the Lord. The wages of sin brings death. Scriptures declare this truth repeatedly…..
Ezekiel 18:20 ESV – The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Matthew 12:37 ESV – For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Romans 14:10, 12 – “For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
Viktor Frankl in his book, “MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING”, describes the reactions of two brothers with the same heredity, the same environment, in the same concentration camp under the Nazis. One became a saint and the other a swine. Frankl tells us the reason why. He said, “Each man has within him the power to choose how he will react to any given situation.” God has given us the power of choice. Some people today do not wish to accept the responsibility for their actions. They blame society. They blame the environment. They blame the schools. They blame the circumstances. But Adam sinned in a perfect environment under perfect circumstances. We can’t blame it all on somebody else. We must accept the blame ourselves for our part. Society is made up of individuals. If we have social injustice, we’re the ones who are wrong; we’re part of it. Let’s accept our responsibility to do something about it.
The fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil means that the one thing that Adam and Eve were NOT free to do was to delineate for themselves what is good and what is evil. As soon as they did that, they put themselves in the place of God. Only God can delineate what is good and evil. When God commanded Adam not to take of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, He was showing him what choice he should make. God wanted him to choose life, not death. Much later, when God brought Israel out of Egypt, He gave them a similar choice: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).