This is what I believe about what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Before Adam ate the fruit of "good & evil" his DNA was perfect > white. There was no "evil" in his or her makeup. Their DNA's were perfect so that they would NEVER degrade - perfect enough to live eternally. Then Adam & Eve ate the "good & evil" fruit so that evil was able to filter down deep into their DNA and add "black" to it so that their DNA was no longer perfectly white. Now it had evil-black (imperfection) in it too. This is why we can only live in shades of gray and why our tainted DNA begins to break down toward death from the moment we are born. This is why it became "to dust we shall return".
Now here's where you might think things start to get really weird and "out there." But if the above is true than what follows must also be true.
If our sin (what I think is gray imperfection) runs through to our DNA itself then we not only DO sin we actually ARE sinful beings. Thus, no matter how much good we do, we will always be sinful to our core (our gray DNA). Because of this, we could Never "DO" good enough stuff to fit the bill required to get to the "white" needed to get into heaven. GOD had to find another way to be able to let us in.
I don't know why or how it worked yet (maybe GOD will enlighten me maybe He won't) but Jesus' life and death did the trick to get us to the place where we are perfectly "white" and thus allowed into His perfect heaven. To me, this gift is (for those who accept it) His Grace . Somehow, by Jesus doing what He did, our gray DNA will be returned to white again so that
our NEW perfect bodies -all the way down to our DNA (as it talks about in Revelations) could go on to live eternally and we could get back to "heaven on earth". Back to the Garden of Eden.
Again to be perfectly honest, I do not understand the how or why Jesus' of life and death here did the trick but, for myself, I willingly accept it. I willingly accept this gift He holds out to us; His Grace.
I know that there are several verses regarding sin that point to other ways to view it. For instance, the woman caught in adultery who Jesus told to go "and sin no more". I do not understand why sin is expressed in so very many different ways. Perhaps you could shed some light on these inconsistencies for me. However, I do have two verses that can explain perfectly what I believe is, at least, one of the ways sin might be understood.
Mark 2:8-12 (The Message)
Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, "Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, 'I forgive your sins,' or say, 'Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking'? Well, just so it's clear that I'm the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . ." (he looked now at the paraplegic), "Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home." And the man did it got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous and then praised God, saying, "We've never seen anything like this!"
1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (The Message)
But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I'll probably never fully understand. We're not all going to die but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes it's over. One signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, WE'LL ALL BE CHANGED. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: EVERYTHING PERISHABLE taken off the shelves and REPLACED BY THE IMPERISHABLE, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:
Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now?
It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage - its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three - sin, guilt, death - are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!
I don't really have anything to say about myself other than the fact that I "feel" the Holy Spirit in me on a 24/7 basis. I'm a sober alcoholic and it is only by the Holy Spirit's power that I am still alive.
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