Monday, March 10, 2014

The "fall," temptation, and growth

In the sermon that I preached the first Sunday in Lent, I consider the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, a story that twenty-first century, scientifically literate people find problematic and suggest an alternative interpretation. Perhaps eating the forbidden fruit represents a step forward in human development rather than a fall from an idyllic state of grace. If so, we owe women thanks for having had the courage to go where no man had gone before!

I also offer some reflections on sinful temptation based on Jesus' experience of temptation in the wilderness. Sinful temptation has three key elements: the external, internal and eternal. Follow this link to read the sermon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This seems an important reading and interpretation not as a replacement of but in addition to the usual reading and interpretation of that story. Falling down and growth more often than not accompany each other. So maybe it is not simply a fall away from God but a falling into consciousness and awareness of God and ourselves which sets a foundation for the freedom to love, repent, and more fully live into our creation in the image and likeness of God.

Peace be with you,