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The Beginning of Our Problem (3 of 8)
Series: The Beginnings
Introduction: Something happened. Something big happened! Anyone who has read the Bible recognizes the change. Between the end of Genesis 2 and the beginning of Genesis 4 everything changed.
When we left Genesis 2, everything was right with the world. God had made a perfect creation. 'It's good. It's very good," the Creator had said over and over again. Adam and Eve were living in perfect peace in a perfect Garden prepared just for them. No hunger, no thirst, no disease, no fear. Not only that, God himself lived in close personal fellowship with the creatures made in his image. Life was good.
That's Genesis 2. But if you turn a couple of pages, it's a different story. The Bible goes from perfect peace to brother murdering brother in two chapters. From chapter four on, Genesis contains bloodshed, hate, and every conceivable self-inflicted human catastrophe. Death stalks every life like a shadow. Revenge follows murder. Kinfolk hunt down kinfolk. Rape, incest, every perversion you can imagine, jealousy, greed, stealing, lying, drunkenness, war, corruption--its' all there! Anyone who reads Genesis 2 and then jumps to Genesis 4 and beyond can't help but ask--what happened? Who made this mess? Who's going to clean it up?
It's like when you and your spouse have gone out for the evening and left your teenagers home alone. The house was clean and neat when you left. When you return everything's a mess. Toys, food, paper, soda cans--everywhere? What happened? Who made this mess? Who's going to clean it up?
Something happened between Genesis 2 and 4. There is no denying that. There is also no denying that our world is more like Genesis 4 than Genesis 2. You don't have to live in a big city to recognize this. Even small town, rural America has its share of human tragedy, brokenness, and hurt. As G. K. Chesterton, the greater British phil ...
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