This isn’t just Adam and Eve’s story. It’s your story—and my story—too.
Every bad thing we experience flows from the fact that our ancestors rebelled against God. And we discover ourselves in this great rebellion, all of us taking up various roles in this dark play from the very moment of our births. Scripture says we were born in sin (Rom. 5:12). We were born in Adam’s rebellion.
How Being Disconnected from God Affects Us
We are separated from our Creator. This is the source of all forms of death, physical and spiritual. Like a lamp when just unplugged, our light may flicker momentarily, but it will refuse to shine. We are disconnected from the source of all energy, the Creator of life.
But what exactly does it mean to be disconnected from God? The New Testament authors use a short word to describe this condition: death. That’s a powerful word. Five letters that, when put together, take on the form of our greatest enemy. We are physically dying and spiritually dead from the day we are born.
We might look fine on the outside, but on the inside something is wrong. We know it. And one day our bodies will catch up with the sad state of our souls.
We all know this is true. Experience exposes our inner decay. We don’t do the things we know we should do. We do the things we know we shouldn’t do. We have a really hard time living consistently with the purposes we pursue. It’s in these moments that we feel the sting of death on the inside.
If I may, let me ask you a personal question. How long have you been working on you? You might respond with a smirk, “My whole life!” You know that’s right. Now, let me ask you another question: How’s that working out for you?
You see, you probably know deep down that you can’t fix you. The Bible says the problem is even deeper than that. No one else can fix you either. Humanly speaking, that is. You are disconnected from the Maker of all things—and He is the only One who can make you right again.
But it’s not a quick one-time fix. And to be brutally honest, it will kill you. But the “you” that will die in this process is not the person you were meant to be. It’s the rebel who resists God’s ways to your own harm.
You will discover that something lovely will emerge in the death of the old you. Not perfect, in any earthly sense, but something that’s in the process of being restored and one day will be fully returned to its original purpose.
At times it may even feel as if the cure is worse than the disease. But it will only feel this way temporarily. The Apostle Paul says this:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Rom. 8:18)
Paul is saying that the glory we will experience when Christ returns will far outweigh any suffering we face now. You may want to dismiss this as mere spiritual sentimentality, just religious rhetoric. But here’s what’s harder to dismiss: You’ve tried pretty hard to help yourself, and it really hasn’t worked yet. You have a sinking suspicion that it never will.
That’s because when Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they broke off the most important relationship, not just for them, but also for the entire human race. The Bible scholar James P. Boyce describes three implications of this separation from God: (1) we are alienated from God; (2) we’ve lost God’s favor; and (3) we’ve lost our acceptance with Him.
We’ve been rejected in the most fundamental way possible. We were rejected in the worst, most fundamental, unimaginable, unthinkable, soul-shattering way possible. We have been rejected by our Creator. That’s why our souls are plastered in scar tissue. Every earthly rejection reminds us that something deep within us is messed up in a way we cannot fix. And we have the sinking sense that it can never be fully fixed in this lifetime. The truth is, it can’t. We will always wince at the thought of rejection as long as we breathe air on this pale blue dot.
It all goes back to Adam and his rebellion that we willingly find ourselves in. What Adam should have done is obey God’s words, protect his bride, and defeat the serpent. That’s what he should have done. But he didn’t.
However, the rest of the Bible is about how the Creator would enter time and space to make things right. Jesus came to obey God’s words, protect His bride—the church—and defeat the serpent. And through Him we can be reconciled to our Creator. Jesus will lead us back to the garden, a new and better garden. That’s the story of the Bible.