Many times we pray God to lead us according to His will. Life is all about choosing a choice among many choices available around us. Choosing a ‘Right Choice’ is most important. Here Right Choice is described as the will of God. Starting from the age of making decisions independently, till our last minute on the Earth, God has given Freedom to every human being to choose a choice in every aspect. God never intervenes until we sought for His help. It was not His will to determine our every action. Sometimes we choose a Right Choice, which pleases God and sometimes we choose the other choice which satisfies us and dissatisfies Lord. When we are confused, we pray God to help us choose the Right Choice. Ultimately, for every act of ours on the earth, we are answerable to God on the Judgment Day.
The Bible tells us that God created everything, including humanity, because it pleased Him to create for His glory (Romans 11:36;Revelation 4:11). When God made the universe, He did what pleased Himself, and since God is perfect in His goodness, His love, His righteousness, and His wisdom, we may be certain that God enjoyed creating mankind without flaw in all these ways. So, when He finished creating the cosmos, the world, and man, God said, “It is very good” (Genesis 1:31). This means that it gave God pleasure and it brought Him glory to create man and woman. By doing so, He demonstrated His creative genius in making not only the universe, but its highest personal being, man (Genesis 1:26-28). “All things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
When God created mankind, He had very clear idea and specific purpose in His mind. Genesis 1:26 declares that God created man in His image. Being made in the “image” or “likeness” of God means we do not resemble God in the sense of God being flesh and blood as we are, because God is spirit (John 4:24) and He therefore exists without a flesh-and-blood body. One way in which Adam’s body did mirror God’s is that it was created in perfect health, sinless and not subject to death.
God created Adam first. God loved him so much. God wants Adam to experience His Love and in turn God wants Adam to Love him. Unless Adam knows what Love is, he cannot love God. To teach what Love is, God created Eve. God made the first woman because He understood Adam’s need for the company of another human being like himself. Being alone is not good for man (Genesis 2:18). All human relationships—marriage, friendship, Christian fellowship—demonstrate the fact that we are made in the likeness of God. Just as the three Persons of the trinity share perfect social communion with one another, so do we desire social interaction with others of our species. God gave them Freedom, because God loved them so much. Love without Freedom is imperfect.
God also wanted man to help Him care for the beautiful world that He had created as the place for these special people to live. “God said to them, “Rule (watch over, or care for) the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 1:28,2:15).They were put in a place perfectly designed for their personalities. All their needs were met; they had companionship and communion with God. A beautiful garden specially made to bring joy and fulfillment, a tree in the middle of a garden (Genesis 2:9). Adam and Eve were surrounded by food. They had everything they needed.
In the midst of a forest of fruit trees and playful animals and beauty, God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve a choice to obey Him or disobey Him. Adam and Eve were free to do anything they wanted, except eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:16-17, “And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” If God had not given Adam and Eve the choice, they would have essentially been machines, simply doing what they were programmed to do. God created Adam and Eve to be “free” beings, able to make decisions, able to choose between good and evil. In order for Adam and Eve to truly be free, they had to have a choice. But God never intervened in their thoughts and actions. At last, they chose a wrong choice.
Adam and Eve disobeyed and sinned against God. The moment Adam and Eve sinned against God, their souls were separated from God, and their bodies began to die. They lost eternal life, were expelled from the Garden of Eden, and eventually experienced physical death. Their spiritual deadness and susceptibility to physical death have been passed on to all humanity (Romans 5:12). With the fall of mankind because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, that aspect of our likeness to God ended. Sin entered the world and along with it, sickness, disease and death.
When Adam made the choice to rebel against his Creator, the image of God within mankind was marred, and Adam passed that damaged likeness on to all his descendants (Romans 5:12). Today, we still bear the image of God, but that image has been distorted by sin. Mentally, morally, socially, and physically, we show the effects of sin.
God did not want Adam and Eve to sin. God knew ahead of time what the results of sin would be. God knew that Adam and Eve would sin and would thereby bring evil, suffering, and death into the world. Why, then, did God allow Satan to tempt Adam and Eve? God, probably might have been allowed Satan to tempt Adam and Eve to force them to make the choice. Adam and Eve chose, of their own free will, to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit. The results—evil, sin, suffering, sickness, and death—have plagued the world ever since. Adam and Eve’s decision results in every person being born with a sin nature, a tendency to sin. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal Life (Romans 6:23).
God does not want human beings to perish, but He wants us to be with him and spend eternity with him because God loved us so much. We are His creation. So, He sent his one and only son to save this world (John 3:16). Adam and Eve’s decision is what ultimately required Jesus Christ to die on the cross and shed His blood on our behalf. God has chosen to offer the hope of redemption to mankind, a redemption that is only available by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior from the sin that separates us from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Through faith in Christ, we can be free from sin’s consequences, and ultimately free from sin itself. The Apostle Paul in Romans 7:24-25 says, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Therefore, a decision made by Adam or the sinful choice he chose separated him from God and passed on to all humanity. Now, it’s our choice to choose Jesus Christ as our saviour and have Faith in Him, which unites us with God. Through Christ, we are made new creations in the likeness of God (2 Corinthians 5:17), and by faith in Him, we once again become partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and once again more accurately reflect His image.