- 7 consequences from the fall of humanity correspond significantly with 7 majors at our universities.
It has been wisely said that the one who changes his beliefs is likely preparing to change the way he lives.
This is what happened when humans originally rejected their Creator’s will.
It began with a competing truth-claim – a different way of seeing life and God.
The offer was made by a being later identified as “Satan.” He offered the first woman an alternative way of looking at reality. Her understanding to this point was based on the way her Maker explained things.
To lure her away from devotion to the Creator, Satan offered a different way of looking at life and God. He offered a different version of what would happen if she rejected the will of her Creator.
God was very clear about the way it would go if she rejected His will. Satan questions and belittles God’s words to her. Then he goes in for the kill by playing the advocate of the underdog and presenting an alternative way of understanding God. Satan is called the deceiver for a reason.
This is no philosophical detachment
The offer was made in the alluring context of self-interest. It wasn’t offered in detached philosophical discussion (although it often begins this way). It was a deceptively twisted version of reality. It was designed to lure her to place herself and her advancement at the center. It was an invitation to declare her independence and autonomy.
- It started with a subtle suggestion that the God who created her is overly restrictive in His demands.
- It moved to an outright denial of the stated consequences of disobedience.
- It was finally couched in the suspicion of Eden — that the good life is outside of the will of God, not within it.
The predictable pattern – Saw. Desired. Took. Gave.
It followed the predictable pattern of sin. Eve saw what was forbidden, desired it, took it and gave it (Genesis 3:6). Saw. Desired. Took, Gave. The ongoing generational consequences of this act of rebellion have been both predictable and disastrous! (see: Genesis 3-4; Romans 5:12ff.).
If you doubt this story of the fall of humanity, I invite you to consider a remarkably clear and compelling connection between this account and the reality we all live in and understand – everywhere in the world, throughout all of history.
Seven consequences (and the primary occupational majors at the university)
Seven consequences emerged from this act of disobedience to God — each one affecting major areas of human existence and each one providing a background to the primary occupational majors at our Universities.
These seven consequences correspond directly with the human story every day.
- Physiological – death, decay, sickness and suffering (Gen. 3:17-19; Rom. 5:12; 8:19-22)
- Psychological – shame, guilt, fear (Gen. 3:7).
- Sociological – blame shifting, hiding, alienation (Gen. 3:8, 12-13). Sin separates people.
- Ecological – ground is cursed, thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:17-19).
- Spiritual – hiding from God, enmity: seed of woman and seed of Serpent (Gen. 3:8, 15, 4:1-15; I John 3:12)
- Epistemological – distorted thinking, spiritual blindness (II Cor. 4:3-6; Rom. 1:28)
- Criminal – murder, the first act of homicide (fratricide) – Genesis 4
Seven majors at universities
How significant it is that our Universities and colleges offer majors related to each of the seven areas above — doctors, psychologists, sociologists, environmentalists, ministers, philosophers, law enforcement.
Extended results (Genesis 4)
Corresponding with reality in every part of the world (throughout all of human history), the results observed in the first offspring of Adam and Eve (Cain) display tragic expressions of human evil — rebellion, anger, envy, hatred, bitterness, lying and murder.
One can only imagine the grief that filled Eve’s heart at the death of her second son (Abel) at the hands of her first son (Cain). Why didn’t the evil one tell her about these consequences?
It’s worth noting that Scripture identifies Cain as belonging to Satan (I John 3:12; cf. John 8:44). He bears unmistakable family resemblance. And his work is throughout the world is self-evident to honest observers.