by Rev. Richard Burguet •
You do know that the way it is now is not the way it was originally, don’t you? You understand that everything changed here a very long while ago, and because it is all changed now we struggle with the results? I am not talking about the rapid advances in technology that have changed the rotary telephone into a smart phone with which you can call your family, text, send pictures and movies, and even monitor your home. We are no longer living in the age of the fountain pen and legal pad, but in the digital age where most published books today are also available via wifi to download instantly onto your electronic digital reader. You can get the application for Healthy Living and read this article on your tablet, computer or smart phone; but that is not the change I am writing about. I am not even talking about the politics of our nation, or of the global community. I am talking about a deeper, more systemic change that took place long before you or I were born, but a change none-the-less that impacts you and me every single moment that we have breath in this life.
The thing I want you to think with me about today is something that touches every aspect of the world in which we live, and is at the root of our problems. It is something that took place so long ago that we call our relatives who brought on the change our first parents. It was our first parent’s fault that there are things like breast cancer in this world. Even worse than that, it was by their foolish choices that a world that was beautiful and complete was broken. Yes, it was the rebellion of creation’s first human beings that set us on this pathway of struggle. Adam and Eve are the names we know them by. Let me see if I can explain the change, and offer you the hope that comes with understanding our present reality.
The Bible teaches that God, the perfect designer, creator and artist created a beautiful masterpiece called the universe. There was a near infinite array of vegetation; everything from the mighty oak to the blueberry, zinnias to lilies, lush green grasses to sequoias. God created every imaginable variety of mammal and insect, dung beetles to giraffes, black bears to hedgehogs. He even created man and woman, and created them specifically for fellowship with Himself. The Biblical narrative says that all of creation was good some seven times, and that at the creation of Adam and Eve God added the penultimate word “It was very good.”
But you know it; we all know it. Adam and Eve failed to obey the single prohibition in all of creation and their disobedience as mankind’s first parents brought sin and misery into a universe that had up to that point been declared by God to be very good. Their failure brought the curse of God on all mankind. Oh, to be sure, we still reflect the image of God, and the original goodness that man was created in, but that goodness is now jaded by sin. Our lives, our bodies, our morality are all now warped by sin’s influence. We now reflect the glory of the way we were created rather like one of the mirrors in a “fun house”. The image is there, it just isn’t quite right.
The truth of the matter is that cancer is one of the warped results of the curse of God on man and woman for their rebellion. Cancer is an ugly word. It is a frightening word to hear from your physician. Cancer can sometimes be put into remission, sometimes healed. Sometimes cancer ends in death. That is why I say to you that the way it is now is not the way it was originally. We are the progeny of our first parents, and have their broken nature, and that includes the corruption of our bodies.
Thankfully, the message of the Bible does not end with the curse of God on mankind, and leave all creation broken and hopeless with no means of redemption. When God pronounced the curse on His creation he also made a promise. Right in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis He gave Adam and Eve a glimpse of the solution to the fall of creation that had been planned before they ever ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The germ of the promise of a coming Redeemer who will make all things right and restore creation to it’s original state is right there. That promise is developed incrementally as the ages pass, until the birth of Jesus when it is fully blossomed. The Bible shows that Jesus did what our first parents could not do. He lived without disobeying our Heavenly Father, and died as a substitute for the sin of man so that we can be restored to the way God created us to be. We still live in this fallen world with breast cancer, and sickness, and death; but for the one who trusts in God’s Redeemer we have the promise of eternal life after death in a restored creation that the Bible calls heaven. We have a hope, that has been secured for us by the resurrection and ultimately the ascension of Jesus to the throne of heaven. One day, things will be again like they were meant to be, and that is the Christian’s hope that will not fade away!