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Why Is The World The Way It Is?
God from the very beginning tested man's dependence. He put one restriction on Adam and Eve, drew one boundary line that they were not to cross and even stated the penalty for disobedience, death. Guess what happened? You can read the full story in Genesis chapter 3. The "sound byte" version -- Eve was tempted by the serpent and believed the serpent's lie that "You surely shall not die: for God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes shall be opened, and you will be like God... "(Genesis 3:4-5). Eve did not believe the serpent, did not believe God BUT "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 with her, and he ate" (Genesis 6). Guess what Eve did? She looked at the evidence (the tree) and made a determination on her own apart from the wisdom of God. From that time on men and women have been trying to make their own laws and rejecting the laws of God.
That's why the world is the way it is. Man has rejected his original state of dependence upon the one true God and has set himself up as a god with no limitations on his acts. Man has sinned against God, rebelled against God's authority over man and in essence has tried to eradicate God from the very creation He created. Scripture tells us "through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned" (Romans 5:12). Man's sin separated Him from God and man now looks to himself and to others for answers instead of to the loving God.
It is because of sin that the world is the way it is today. There are absolute moral laws ordained by God, they are not moral values. A law is objective, values are subjective. The moral laws reflect God's character. We have forgotten the law of God to love Him with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:'30-31). The 1O commandments are no longer the law of the land yet they remain the law of the universe. God has not forgotten us and has provided a remedy for our sin (see 'Is this all there is?').
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