Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Book Of Genesis

 - Adam and Eve didn't last a day before they sinned and were thrown out of Paradise.

 - Cain killed Abel in cold blood.

 - Noah was a drunk who fell off the wagon the second he was able to get his hands on some alcohol.

 - Abraham lied to kings. He threw his first born son out of his house seemingly with intent for him to die in the desert.  He also attempetd to murder his beloved son.

 - Sarah forced Abraham to throw said first born child out of the house.  She also wasn't so nice to the help.

 - Isaac lied to kings.  He also had a soft spot in his heart for his evil son.

- Jacob was a thief who loved one wife more than the other.  And he let them know it.

 - His beloved wife, Rachel, stole from her father and then lied to him.

 - His daughter, Dina was a rebel who used to sneak out of the house and hang out with bad boys (I can relate!).

 - Simon and Levi were mass murderers. 

 - The brothers as a whole conspired to murder Joseph.

 - Reuben may have slept with his father's wife. 

 - Judah slept with his daughter in law who was posing as a harlot. 

So endeth the Book of Genesis.
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When I was younger, in my teens, this information would have made me hate it all so much more.  These are the matriarchs and patriarchs?  This is who we are supposed to look up to?  Killers, liars thieves and drunkards?  Get me away from this.  Further away, I should say.

But now.

Now I take a different lesson, one which may be slightly off the beaten path but certainly apropos for the time of year.

To strive for godliness is certainly noble.  Perhaps even praiseworthy.

But to err...

To err is decidedly humanNo matter how great a human you may be.

So for those who bemoan their lack of ability to become one with their God...
For those who fear that they have fallen too far.......

Remember.

Remember the Book of Genesis.

And take a lesson from our forefather.

Happy New year.

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