Thursday, May 7, 2009

Six Lies (and Six Truths)

I found this little Sunday school lesson interesting, so I borrowed it from my husband's Bible class to share with you. 
Six Lies and Six Truths

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 
(Gen 3:1-5)

In the garden of Eden, Satan told Eve the world's first lie, and what a lie. In it are implied a lot of things:

  1. You shall not surely die (this was said aloud, but the truth was that she would surely die).
  2. God does not want you to be like Him, He is withholding something good from you (the truth was, that God did want Eve to be like Him, and that today God does not withhold good from us, but gave His most precious gift, His Son, for us).
  3. You are not like God, but if you eat this fruit you shall be like God (the truth was that Eve was already like God, and eating this fruit would make her less like God).
  4. God does not love you (the truth was that God did love Eve).
  5. God's word is not truth (God's word is truth. What God told Eve came to pass). 
  6. You are not what you could be- you could be wiser (God made Eve to have everything she needed in Him).

The part of this lesson that was interesting to me was that these lies are still floating around in our world. I found the last one interesting, because it reminded me of the phrase, "you are not living up to your full potential." How many homemakers or mothers have heard that said to them? I think we should do the best we can with our talents, please do not misunderstand (use those talents!). But aren't we always thinking that we know better than God about what to do with ourselves, our future, ourtime? What is hard to see sometimes, is what God's "full potential" for us is, and how He wants us to live up to it. I'm sure any homemaker out there has had the suggestion that she is not living up to her full potential by serving her family. Many mothers may hear this when they decide to stay home with babies instead of put them in daycare. I know people's remarks about living up to full potential can hurt and confuse a homeschool student or their parent. But take a step away from worldly standards, and stop and see what God's full potential for us is.

God loves you, and He has wonderful plans for your life!
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