by Jeff Strite

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This I Believe: I Have Chose To Be A Sinner (2 of 4)
Series: This I Believe
Jeff Strite
Genesis 3:1-13

OPEN: (We opened with a Dorito's commercial that has Eve attempting to share the forbidden fruit with Adam and he rejects her offer - holding up a Dorito's Bag and saying "I'm good."

Now, I liked that.
Not only was it humorous… but it a great point.

The point?
Adam and Eve had a choice.
They didn't have to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But God gave them ability to make that choice if they wanted to.

They had a choice.
Granted, there weren't any Doritos to eat in the Garden but there were plenty of other really good things to eat. Genesis 2:9 says "the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground- trees that were PLEASING to the eye and GOOD for food."

So, it wasn't like they were hungry, or that there wasn't anything as good. God had given them the gift of a wonderful garden filled with delicious food.

But the Garden and its fruit weren't the only gifts God supplied to them when He created them. God also gave Adam and Eve something more precious and valuable. God gave them the gift of "Freedom to Choose".
Adam and Eve could choose to do good.
Or they could choose to do evil.

God didn't make them to be like dumb cattle out in the field. He didn't make them robots who were programmed to act and speak and think in a given way. God essentially made them equal partners in this new world He'd created, and in order to prepare them for that task, He trusted them with a Free Will. A free will that made it possible for them to make good choices… or bad.

The Bible repeatedly stresses that God has given all of us a free will. We ALL have been allowed by God can make free choices. But the Bible also repeatedly stresses the fact that God expects us to choose wisely.

After the Israelites had taken the Promised Land, Joshua challenged them with these word ...

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