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| Abraham Yim|
July 28th, 2017 - Friday
Vern Sheridan Poythress - In the Beginning Was the Word
Chapter Fourteen - The Fall into Sin
In the last chapter we took a very broad viewpoint by looking at world history as a whole. Now we should look at two crucial events within history, events that have radically changed the situation for the whole of the rest of history. First we shall look at the fall of mankind. In the next chapter we look at the redemption accomplished by Christ. According to the Bible, humanity today is in a state of rebellion against God. That has implications for our thinking about language. We are not neutral observers. We no longer readily and joyfully acknowledge the gift of language by giving thanks to God. We are morally and spiritually sick, in fact, spiritually dead. And this spiritual death has corrupted the use of language as well. Human beings today sometimes deceive and manipulate others through language. But how did all of this happen? Human beings did not retain the original harmonious communion with God that they enjoyed in the beginning. They rebelled. The rebellion involved two individuals, Adam and Eve, but it was not confined to them. Not only did Adam suffer the penalty of death but his descendants did too!
The events leading to the fall did not really begin with Adam and Eve, but with the serpent. The serpent said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’” (Gen. 3:1). The fall began with language. It began with an insidious question, framed in language that the woman understood. Language played a central role in the fall, and we may suspect that it continues to play a central role in the ongoing effects of the fall. Now we have to mention, serpents do not usually talk. Amongst all of God’s creatures, the only ones who can convey the language that God bestowed upon us are HUMANS. That is why we don't see a whole bunch of serpents slithering around and tempting people into eating random things.
Now we may begin to draw out several implications from this account of the fall. First, language challenges us concerning religious commitment. Poythress asks, “Will you trust God, or will you refuse to trust him? Will you serve God, or will you refuse to serve him? Will you pursue fellowship with God, or will you run away from him into would-be autonomy?”
First, the challenge to trust God is a challenge about meaning. Is God’s meaning clear? Is he forbidding you from taking from any tree whatsoever? Has he said that you shall not touch the tree? And will you trust that he is telling you the truth? Second, we have here a challenge either to serve God or to refuse to serve. That is a challenge concerning control. Will we continue to have God control our lives, through his commandments, or will we usurp control for ourselves? Third, we have a challenge to mature in fellowship with God, or to walk away from that fellowship into would-be autonomy. That is a challenge concerning presence. Will we continue to enjoy God’s presence? Will we continue in fellowship with him, when he “walks in the garden” (Gen. 3:8) in a special expression of his presence? Will we also continue in fellowship when he is present with us through his word, which continues to sit in our mind and our memory all day?
Someone may be thinking, “All this was long ago, back in the Garden of Eden. So does it even matter anymore?” Yes, it does. But the fundamental religious issues are the same, all the way through history. WE still have the same religious issues whether we are in 3008 or 2000-and-late.
Due to this fall we have to realize that language isn’t what it used to be. As we have said before, language is no longer the holy language we once that it was. We no longer hold it to the regard that we do, and we no longer hold God to the regard that we should. Therefore, language is now used for much worse things.
In this chapter we learned about the use of language in the fall of man, and how language has influenced our fall. We noticed that we no longer use language for its original purpose. We show our own rebellion in our use of language, and the effects of the fall. In chapter fifteen we will look into our redemption through Christ and the use of language within it.
1. Do animals usually talk? How has language contributed to the fall of man?
2. Does this topic even matter? Why or why not?
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