I’m starting a new blog series which will take facts and stories from the bible and show how they relate to mental health issues in today’s world. I first want to say that everything that I discuss in these series were obtained directly from the bible. Please see the attached links. I am in no way discriminating against or Judging any group of people whatsoever. I have added my own thoughts beneath the verses.
Let’s talk about “Genesis”. Genesis is the first book of the bible. It has love, sin, lies, deception, shame, blame and punishment.
Genesis 2 ERV
Bible: God created the world in 6 days. On the 7th day he rested. This day was called the sabbath. God set aside this day as a holy day.
My thoughts: In the Christian culture, our holy day is Sunday. That is the day we go to church and worship God. Well, most of us anyway. Some of us still work on this day.
Bible: God set aside Eden for Adam to live and reign over. A perfectly beautiful land that had everything Adam could ever want. The only thing God forbid Adam from doing was to eat from the tree that gave knowledge of good and evil. He warned Adam that if he ate from this tree he would die.
My thoughts: Most parents have rules they give their children to protect them from harm. I think God wanted to protect Adam from knowing evil. He only wanted him to know of the good.
Bible: God did not believe it to be good for Adam to be alone. He created the animals to keep him company. But none were like Adam. So, he created Adam a companion directly from his body. He called the companion Woman and named her Eve. The two were made from one, thus becoming one person. This is why God said when a man took a wife, he would leave his mother and father and become one. He said they were both naked and not ashamed.
My thoughts: What we learn here is that God didn’t want Adam to be alone. Why? Maybe because he knew that Adam would be lonely and bored and get into trouble? We learn that God did not think animals would make suitable mates for Adam. He created a woman to be Adam’s suitable mate. I also think that God is saying that the only true intimacy between a man and a woman is in the form of marriage. The two became one and were able to be naked, unafraid, and unashamed together. Isn’t that the ultimate form of trust?
Genesis 3 ERV
Bible: The serpent deceived Eve by telling her that unlike what God had told her, she would not die from eating from the tree that gives knowledge of good and evil. He told her that God just told her that because he knew if they ate from the tree they would know everything that he knew. So, Eve ate from the tree so that she may know everything that God knew and she gave the fruit to Adam to eat.
My thoughts: This is just like the devil to tempt us. He lures us into believing the grass is greener. Even though we know we’re not supposed to do it, there’s something about being a little rebellious that excites us.
Bible: Knowing that they had disobeyed God, Adam and Eve covered up their nakedness. When they heard God coming, they hid. God called for them. Adam admits that they were afraid of God and hid from him because they were naked. God asks how they knew they were naked and if they had eaten from the forbidden tree.
My thoughts: Even as children when we are disobedient we want to run and hide. The shame and guilt of what we have done can overpower us. We always think that somehow we can get away with our crime. Not realizing the truth is written all over our face. We don’t look or act the same. We’re different. We act guilty.
Bible: Adam blames God for his disobedience, saying it was the woman that he gave to him that made him eat the fruit. God questions Eve who blames the serpent.
My thoughts: This is typical. No one ever wants to take responsibility for their actions. There is always someone or something to blame.
Bible: God curses the serpent for deceiving Adam and Eve. He says life will be harder for him than any other creature. He will crawl on his belly on the ground. He will be enemy of all mankind. God curses Eve by giving her difficulties during pregnancies and pain during delivery. He tells her that her husband will rule over her. God also curses Adam. He tells him that he will have to work hard or everything he has until the day that he dies. God banishes Adam and Eve from Eden.
My thoughts: From the earliest times, man was punished severely for his crimes. The moral of the story is to obey the laws and rules. You already know there is a punishment set up. If you should be disobedient, own up to it, ask for forgiveness, and just maybe your punishment won’t be severe.