Monday, November 8, 2010

The Fall

Patrick Morley describing The Fall...

The Bible doesn't describe a utopian world free of pain. Instead, the Bible describes the world exactly as we see it--a Fallen world, but not without what Frances Schaeffer called "leftover beauty." The Fall explains why we must look at the blazing beauty of a blood red sunrise through thick glasses that grace the bridge of a crooked, runny nose. Because of the Fall we lock our doors, say what we shouldn't, don't say what we should, do our work while feeling the prick of thorns, get our hearts broken, suffer, grow old, and die. Thus, we must manage our lives against the Fall. I must manage against the Fall in you. You must manage against the Fall in me. And we each must manage against the Fall within ourselves. The Fall is an offense to human reason but, once accepted, it makes perfect sense of the human condition.

In the Bible, the thorn becomes the symbol of the curse, the fall (Genesis 3.18).  And this is exactly what Jesus accepted for us on the cross (Mark 15.17, etc.).

"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us -- for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.'"  Galatians 3.13

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