Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

After watching the movie about J.R. Oppenheimer, who was dubbed “the father of the atomic bomb”, I was struck by his comparison to Prometheus from Greek mythology. Prometheus stole the fire of the gods and gave it to man. It reminded me of the Greek fable about Icarus, who was warned by his father not to fly too close to the sun or his wings would melt. He ignored the instruction, leading to his demise. What do these stories have to do with the Bible? They highlight the effects of pride and ambition. The real truth of these stories is found in the opening story of the Bible. The serpent deceives Eve into eating the fruit, saying she will not die if she grasps for God-like power: “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5). Eve grabs the forbidden fruit in her attempt to be like God, marking the fall of man. But we do not need to struggle to reach God, for God gave us his only Son, who came down to us and, through his death and resurrection, has given us life and access to God through Him. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Eternity is not found in pride but humility. Open Bible – https://bit.ly/joh3v16, https://bit.ly/gen3v4-5 (Jeremy G)

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