Adam, 9/11, and Safety


September 11 is here again. The events of this day twelve years ago have changed the way that we live our lives. We now live with feelings of vulnerability that were not present before 9/11/2001. At least, this is true for most Americans.  What was already true for many countries on Earth spread to America that day. Twenty men with simple, low tech weapons took control of four airliners and introduced modern America to mass murder and destruction on our own soil.

The question asked again and again is why. The answer lies far beyond the ethnic and religious issues that were the immediate cause of the September tragedies. The larger question is this: what is it in the human heart that drives people, made in the image of God, to maim and kill each other? What is it that causes such hatred? The answer lies with Adam.

Adam determined that he had a better way to live than to submit to God. He thought only of the moment. Instead of protecting his wife he yielded to her doubt of God’s goodness and rule. No matter how good God was or how good he had been to Adam the lure of self-indulgence was too much. Adam had to live for himself and rule for himself.

Adam and Eve never gave a thought to what would happen if they attempted to be like God. They were too in love with the idea of self-pleasure to think beyond tasting the fruit to what that taste would bring to themselves or to their children. They had no idea that their rejection of God would lead to unbridled hatred. Thus, one consequence of that decision to doubt God and taste the fruit was that all of mankind would never be safe again.

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