The Christian story begins with Adam and Eve. The very first book in the bible, the book of Genesis, introduces us to them. Adam and Eve were placed in the garden of Eden by God to live. Satan arrives on the scene ( i guess through some miraculous act of God) and tempts Adam and Eve. They sin and thus we are infused with their sin. Even though we didn’t actively participate in disobedience, we are affected.
We weren’t there, but we are guilty.
We didn’t eat, but we are guilty.
Okay, I know this really doesn’t make much sense, but this is what is typically taught in most churches.
Let’s go a little deeper. In I Corinthians the apostle Paul is recorded saying, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
After a little research I made an interesting discovery. The word “made” in the Greek is zoopoieo and it literally means to revitalize or to make alive again. So, the first Adam brought death or separation from God, but in Christ we are revitalized. Now, here’s the larger question. Since we didn’t actively engage in the first act, do we need to actively participate in the second in order to receive forgiveness of sins?
Is salvation something you do? Is it based upon your beliefs? If so, which ones? Do you have to believe the right teaching in order to be saved? Or is salvation in and through God? In the book of Jonah, the prophet says that “salvation is from God.”
Is the euangellion (good news) good because you believed or did right? Or because God revitalized you, empowering you to be all that you can be?
Something to think about. Let me know what you think.