WHAT IF GOD HAD NOT CURSED THE
The taking of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil led
to disastrous consequences for Adam and Eve and all of humanity. The penalty of
death followed hundreds of years later, and it has been imposed on humanity ever
since. Eve’s childbirth pain was to be multiplied, and the ground was to be
cursed as well. Essentially, Life was to become a burdensome, grueling
experience, until the establishment of God’s Millennial Kingdom on Earth.
God had promised Adam ad Eve that they would die, and He kept His
promise. But he went a step further and punished Adam and Eve beyond simply
dying of old age. The ground was cursed and their long life was to be filled
with toil and sorrow until the end.
But what if God had not punished Adam and Eve as grievously as He did?
What if He had only permitted the death penalty but had not cursed the ground
and, by extension, human life?
Adam, we are told, lived to over 900 years. His descendents lived very
long lives as well. Since death did not ensue immediately, if God had not added
the extra life-long punishment, it would have been easy for humans to conclude
that there would have been no consequences to sins, no matter how serious they
might have been. Thus, God addressed this need by adding daily anguish to
accompany the lives of humans.
God, in His wisdom, saw fit to make human life arduous and painful
by cursing the ground. He clearly wanted mankind to be reminded, generation
after generation, that sin invites curses and misery and anguish. Humans had to
experience daily that independence from God leads to a struggle for existence
and to an anxious life, and that following Satan results invariably in great
stresses and sorrows.
Every nation and every generation since then has tasted of the curse.
Humans know that the basics of life are rooted in the soil and its production.
The soil’s production is unpredictable, even where the land is plenteous, and
even abundant crops are always related to exhausting labor. Even nations that
veer away from agriculture experience the “essence” of the curse by tasting
exploitation and abuse in factories and offices where bosses are often demanding
and unfair, where hours are long and exhausting and where remuneration is often
incommensurate with the effort.
The curse was to last until Christ’s return when the times of
refreshing will come. In those days “the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a
rose” (Isaiah 35:1). During those awe-inspiring times “the parched ground shall
become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water”(V. 7), and “sorrow and
sighing shall flee away (V. 9). They will be days when “the plowman shall
overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains
shall drip with sweet wines and all the hills shall flow with it”(Amos 9:13).
Since Adam and Eve partook of the Tree of Knowledge, the overall human
experience has been and continues to be very painful. Humans taste daily the
consequences of rebelling to God’s will and the curses that accompany sin. But,
thankfully, God’s plan will soon proceed to the next stage when curses will be
finally lifted, and blessings will abound throughout the earth.
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The Tree of Knowledge
Cursing of the Ground
Cain and Abel
Joseph in Slavery
Death of David's Child
David's Punishment for the Census
Sennacherib and his Armies
Removal of Foreign Wives
Sodom and Gomorrah
Ananiah and Sapphira
Catastrophes of Last Days
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