Fox Byte #7: A Boatload of Grace

"Entering the Ark" Kaspar Memberger the Elder
“Entering the Ark”
Kaspar Memberger the Elder

Fox Byte #6 ended with this question:  why are we still here?  If God said He would destroy all of humanity because we couldn’t be reformed, why didn’t He? Actually, God did destroy all of humanity.  That’s what Noah’s flood was all about.  But if we stop with God destroying everyone and everything, we only get half the story.  And this is where we hit a brick wall:  according to the rules God set up for His creation, He has no choice but to eliminate every form of rebellion (which is what we usually call “sin” or “wickedness”).  However, if He does that, then Satan, the ultimate rebel, wins.  It was Satan’s idea to bring sin into the world, thinking that if the world was corrupted God would abandon it.  But God can’t let Satan have control of the earth because then He would allow rebellion to continue and grow.  Satan already took one third of all the angels with him when he rebelled (see Revelation 12:3-9), so if he wins the earth there’s no telling where his rebellion will end! Please click here to continue reading

Fox Byte #6: Why Are We Still Here?

BFB140221 Parental DisciplineLet’s see what we have so far:

  • Some super-powerful being named God made the universe and everything in it.
  • Every human being has a choice to believe this or not, but whichever way you choose, make sure you understand why you made the choice.
  • If you believe it, you should not have any trouble believing what’s in the rest of the Bible.
  • God put human beings in charge of the earth for the purpose of making it orderly and productive, and every one of us still has that same purpose.
  • God intended to train our ancestors Himself so that they could handle the responsibility of knowing the difference between good and evil and use that knowledge properly.
  • Our ancestors chose to cut God’s training plan short and grab knowledge for themselves by eating from the tree that made them super smart, knowing good and evil.
  • Since our ancestors disobeyed God, all of us humans after them have followed their example by choosing to set up our own standards of right and wrong rather than follow God’s standards.

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Fox Byte #5: Momentary Right vs. Eternal Good

Cain and Abel
“Cain and Abel”
Josep Vergera

Fox Byte #4 examined how our ancestors in the Garden of Eden chose to educate themselves on the knowledge of good and evil rather than get that knowledge in the way God intended.  How big of a problem was it that Adam and Eve decided to cut short God’s training program and grab the “godlike” status of knowing good and evil?  Even if they were not quite ready to handle all the truth at the moment they acquired it, would they have grown into it eventually?

Well, maybe not.

Here’s the problem:  knowing the difference between good and evil is not just an intellectual exercise.  Once you have that knowledge, you are responsible for it.  That means not only that you must recognize what is good and what is evil, but you also must make a judgment on which to choose. Please click here to continue reading

Fox Byte #4: Not Ready To Drive

BFB140207 Cars in TrafficContinuing from Fox Byte #3, what did our ancestors gain from eating fruit that made them super smart?

If Adam and Eve were made “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27), then God made them super smart in the first place.  After all, God made them to be in charge of the whole earth and keep it in order.  They would have to be really smart to do that.  But if they were so smart, what was the point of that tree in the garden? Please click here to continue reading