“What is sin? What is “the fall of man” really about? Several months ago, God began a major journey of discovery for me… I thought the initial discussion between me and God was about faith. But He kept taking me elsewhere… as if to say, before you can understand the roadblocks you’ve struggled with your entire life about faith, you need to understand the foundation of the problem. And that problem- is sin. And He began to open my eyes to understand what sin really is.

What went wrong? Why, how… did we lose out on fellowship with God? Well… ‘the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.’ Gen. 3:1. The great enemy of God, the accuser of those who believe in him, who had a vendetta against God since before the foundation of time, had it out for us, had an evil intention to break up the relationship God had in mind for us.
Lucifer, once an angel of God, the covering cherub of the glory of God, had become proud in his heart thinking he could become as powerful as God himself. The following passage taken from Isaiah 14:12-15, is often referenced to refer to Lucifer’s fall:
“How you have fallen from heaven, o star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! But you said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven, I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the most High. Nevertheless, you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit.”

And again in revelation it references a war that takes place in heaven between Michael and satan, also called Lucifer, as a result of his rebellion against God:
“And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. And the dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
As a result of his defeat in this great war in the heavens, the fallen angel, Lucifer, (which means morning star) now referred to as Satan or the devil, went off to make war with the people that God had created. His plan: if he could not physically overpower God to become equal to, or more powerful than God, he would break God’s heart, by breaking the fellowship between God and mankind whom he had created to enjoy and experience the bond of love and community with him.
So now we fast forward again to the garden of Eden. All of this previous detail is the prequel to the events described in the first few chapters of Genesis. So essentially, we find, just like a movie might start, we aren’t necessarily starting at the beginning of the story. Yes, it is the beginning of the story of how earth came to be, and the business of God’s creating, and the beginning of mankind. But here, scattered throughout the bible, we see that there were things happening prior to creation. In Hebrews 11:3, we see that ‘by faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” Suggesting then, that what is unseen is more real than what is seen with the naked eye. Again in Ephesians 1:4 we find that there were things going on before the actual business of creation:
“just as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him, In love, he predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the kind intention of his will.”
And to Job, a man who endured many trials in his lifetime, through a series of great losses, God speaks to him, when Job cries out to the Lord for a response as to why all the misfortune he has experienced, God replies: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth, tell me if you understand. Who set its measurements… who laid it’s cornerstone?” (Job 38:4-6)
So we come to know that the back drop to creation suggests there were things happening before we came to be… before we were a glimmer in God’s eye.
And when we came on the scene… we were already in the middle of an ongoing conflict between a fallen, angry angel, with hell bent fury and vengeance on his heart against the heart of God. How could a defeated foe vanquish his enemy who is more powerful than he is? Aim for his heart. Aim for the crown of his glory, the created beings made in his likeness. Made to display the glory of God. Remember, Satan once was the ‘covering cherub’ of the glory of God. Now he’s jealous, as God has a plan to extend this glory to mankind.
Innocent and unaware of this drama unfolding, mankind enters the scene. Act 2, Scene 1. The garden of Eden.
Enter the serpent: Lucifer. Satan. The deceiver.

So how did he do it? How did the serpent make his assault against God? He went after his beloved creation. He enticed us to question the very character and nature of God. “Did God really say?” he asks, planting a seed of doubt in our ability to recollect what God had spoken. Followed by a bold lie, “You will not surely die!” God is LYING to you. He is holding out on you. He is NOT to be trusted.
Let’s look at the passage before we unpack this further:
“(the serpent) said to the woman, “indeed, has God said, You shall not eat from ANY tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, ‘from the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat, but from the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘you shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’ And the serpent said to the woman, “you shall not surely die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves…coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid themselves from the presence of…God among the trees of the garden.” Gen. 3:1-8

Even as I type this, I feel like weeping. I have come to know the heart of God for mankind, and can only imagine the sorrow and sadness God felt at this broken fellowship. But so ingrained, and so deeply did the lie permeate the entire being of the man and his wife, that trusting God was broken. They embraced the lie, fully. And the community that God intended… was broken. Between God and man, and between the man and his wife. Let’s take a look at that for a moment. The woman made an independent decision to eat of the fruit, and though Adam was with her, theirs was a partnership of mutuality, and as a result of making that independent decision, she isolated herself from the man. When God called for them in the garden that afternoon, what did they do? They hid themselves from him. He invited them to come back to relationship, but their shame had caused them to hide, and they refused to come out of their hiding, so they cut off that fellowship of trust between them and God because a seed of doubt in his character had been planted. Thrust into isolation, God asked them, still reaching out, “what happened?” Adam, making the isolation permanent, responds, “It was the woman’s fault. She did it.” And instead of taking responsibility for his own actions, because he WAS WITH her when she ate, and he chose independently to eat as well, passed the blame, isolating himself from the woman. The woman then blamed the serpent causing the cycle of rejection to be made complete. The man and the woman were left alone, dependent neither on God nor each other, and sin was born.
Now you may say, that’s fine, but that doesn’t have anything to do with me. I wasn’t there, I didn’t make that choice, we need to take a look at what it means to inherit sin nature.
For those of you reading this, that aren’t quite sure what you believe about sin nature being inherent, or the concept of original sin, passed down from adam and eve to the rest of us, without getting too technical, let me ask you this: Do YOU trust God? Do YOU believe that his heart for you is good? Have you ever felt an inclination to disobey a command from your parent to “not” do something, and you did it anyway, feeling that independence/rebellious nature within you, rising to rear it’s ugly head? Have you ever indulged in the urge to protect yourself and defend yourself when you are ‘caught’ doing something you know you shouldn’t do? (like speeding on the highway, or making a big blunder at work, and wanting to pass the blame on someone else, or at least refuse to take responsibility for your actions?) Have you ever tried to protect yourself when someone accuses you, falsely or otherwise, because there is something inside you that needs to justify yourself?
What is that? It’s independence. It’s rebellion. It’s self-protection. Call it what you like. It’s sin nature exerting itself in you. It’s that “I can make it on my own’ attitude, the “I have no one to rely on but me, so I have to defend myself’ idea. It’s because of isolation from the foundational relationship of trust between God and man. But trust was broken. But perhaps this is just where the deception comes in. Adam and Eve believed that God has broken trust with them because he was ‘holding out on them.’ But has he? Were they not the ones who broke his trust?

What is a person to do, when trust is broken? Now keep in mind, we haven’t even established whether God has broken trust with man or not, but in this story, Adam and Eve believe God has broken trust. He lied to them, they perceive. What do you do when you think someone has broken trust? You defend. You keep your distance, you become skeptical of their every move, or their intentions. You separate yourself, emotionally, or physically to keep from being taken advantage of. You no longer trust them, so you harden your heart toward them. Intimacy is broken. The relationship is then torn apart. There is a rift between the two. It takes more than a little work to re-earn trust once it has been broken. Even then, some relationships never achieve the former intimacy they once enjoyed. What’s worse is when you find yourself in God’s shoes, as in this scenario with Adam and Eve. Where you have been accused falsely of something you haven’t done, and people who once were close to you, believe the accusations against you and their trust in you has become broken. And you didn’t even do anything wrong.

This, has been the single most enlightening concept that God has revealed to me in recent months: Independence.

Sin… is independence from God. It is choosing to go our own way. It is believing that the very heart and nature of God toward us is NOT GOOD. That He is NOT to be trusted. He is holding out on us somehow. Therefore, we must take matters into our own hands, and look out for ourselves.”

What you have just read is another excerpt from the book I am writing, called “Found Wanting”. This particular chapter takes a look at the concept of original sin, and the heart of God to have a relationship with us and how one big lie drove us far away from believing a simple concept: that God is love. God is good. His heart for us has always been good, but we have hardened our hearts to Him, and go our own way, not believing & trusting in all that He has for us, thereby living far beneath the destiny and intended purpose & inheritance He had planned for us.

But hope is coming… God did not plan for us to remain in exile from himself. He was already putting together a plan of redemption. Stay tuned for further updates and excerpts of my writing in the weeks to come!