I am going to just throw a little fit because I am so sick and tired of hearing this little thing about, “lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride of life.”
Do they teach that in cemetery school?? Seminary. I swear, I’m starting to wonder if that is the place where critical thinking just goes to die.
So first of all, unless you believe God created sin, Eve was not suffering from “lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride of life,” BEFORE they even ate of the fruit. Sin entered the world (and their bodies,) AFTER they ate. Sin was not lurking beneath the surface brewing and percolating like it might do in modern times. They were sin free UNTIL they ate. So that is strike one.
Next, the KJV really says, “…the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise….” I do not see any “lust” in there anywhere. I don’t see any “sin” going on either. Some people seem to have taken that verse and determined when something is, “good, pleasing, and desirous,” it must be BAD because all pleasing things are bad. No. Strike two.
In fact, it is several centuries later before we even first hear about “lust of the eyes” in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” Those words aren’t even in Genesis, they are in 1 John. So strike 3.
If you conclude with this bit of rubbish, not only will you strike out, I’ll kick you out of the ballpark and make you go sit in the car. “Christians have always been, and will always be, lured by the same three temptations Eve experienced.”
Oh yeah? Sez who? Is that even the gospel? Eve is the mother of all living, not the “mother of all sin.” Is satan writing the story or is Jesus writing the story?? What’s with the “always have been, always will be..”
It’s a peevish peeve of mine, one that annoys me no end because it isn’t true and it’s also somewhat lazy. Like, but it’s written on the coffee cups and everything! It also makes me kind of sad because those who preach it always step right over the most awesome opportunity, the perfect chance to tell people about how sin had to be eaten, taken into their bodies.
Jesus came, tore the temple curtain, and gave us the same principle in reverse, communion. This is my body broken for you, my blood spilled for you. Eat. Drink of my cup. We are no longer eating from that tree in Genesis, we are no longer taking in that fruit, we are now taking in Jesus.
You are what you eat.