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Mysteries are a favorite genre of literature, popular subject matter for movies, and make a captivating program to watch as a crime is solved.  Some might find the fact that so many of us love mystery materials a bit bizarre.  However, there are lots of things that happen daily that mystify us. So, seeing, reading, or hearing a news report about a “mystery” that has been solved allows us to consider the mysteries in our own lives with new insight.

Human behavior is perhaps the greatest of all enigmatic mysteries.  The human temperament, attitude, and personality are always in flux.  A normally pleasant person can have been stressed to the limit and react in a way that shocks everyone.  Putting an individual in a situation that causes them to feel trapped and helpless can result in behavior that was never witnessed from that person before.

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). (Copied).

Because we are sinful beings, our thinking is skewed.  We have biases, brokenness, and belligerence that can and does affect our thinking.  As a result, when we begin to consider “if” something is right or wrong, we must defer to Scripture as our guide.  Otherwise, our fleshly nature seeks to find “loopholes” of justification to remove the label of sin from that which is immoral and give it a more appealing name.  The end result is the same.  The rationale for changing the clear description of sin is to make the transgressor not feel guilt while they live openly condemned before God.  Man seeks to rationalize a way to make the worst behaviors acceptable so that those that seek to live lawlessly can be free to live in open debauchery.  That is like calling cancer a new cell development that is a good means of tissue growth that had not been previously experienced.  That person will die untreated and in denial just as the sinner dies in self-deception and unredeemed!  Don’t be deceived!