Fall

 

It is clear that God’s good creation has been marred by evil.  That evil has affected human beings too.  We have turned away from the light of God’s love and embraced the darkness of evil.

In the Bible, in Genesis chapters two and three, human rebellion against God is depicted in the poetic story of Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. Christian theologians refer to this as ‘The Fall’ because human beings have ‘fallen away’ from God’s perfect will.

Evil affects every human heart. 

 Jesus said:

“…out of your hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.” (Mark 7: 21-22)

 

Evil

 

It is not that all human beings are equally evil. And, of course, it is not that human beings are completely evil. The goodness of God is still reflected in all human lives to some extent. Nevertheless, we all contribute to the spread of evil when we turn against God and cause others to suffer by behaving selfishly and unkindly. Christians call turning away from the light of God’s love, ‘sin’. And the Bible says this:

 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

The virus of evil and sin has infected everything and everyone.

Throughout the centuries theologians have struggled with the question: Why has God permitted evil and suffering to corrupt creation?

This is a mystery we cannot fully understand. Christians simply trust that God must have permitted evil, sin and suffering to enter Creation so that, in the end, greater good may come.
 
That greater good includes our ability choose God’s love freely. But with that freedom comes the possibility of choosing evil rather than good.