When Adam sinned, God placed all mankind under a curse: work will be hard and you will die. Adam and Eve were then driven from the garden so they would not eat of the tree of life and live forever in their fallen state–cursed eternally. That was never God’s intention.
We humans have been looking for the tree of life ever since. And who hasn’t been intrigued by the stories of the fountain of youth? All of our efforts at progress have two goals: to prolong life, youthfulness and beauty and to make work easier.
Age and wisdom are no longer honored. Being young is the goal of life and people spend millions of dollars a year on “beauty” treatments, many of which are toxic. Most of the population takes medicines which supposedly prolong life but which are toxic to our bodies. Taking good care of ourselves is not bad, but we have an obsession with avoiding death which actually makes us rush towards it.
Invention in itself is not evil. We were created by God in His image, so we also create things and this can glorify God. But we tend to take all the credit for ourselves, elevate man above God, and use our inventions to further our own selfish desires. Often our inventions cause more death and disease even though they are designed to make life easier.
No matter how hard we try, we cannot throw off the curse. Why is life so hard?
Some think that if we can make our suffering and hardship go away through modern technology, medicines, etc. then all of our sins will disappear too. Many are looking for a utopia created by man: We have the answers within ourselves. If we make circumstances equal for everyone we’ll have peace. People do bad things because of their hardships. It sounds good on the surface, but these philosophies do not work because our sin comes from inside of us and there is nothing we can do to make it go away. We got ourselves into this mess in the first place by thinking we didn’t really need God.
Why would God create us only to put us under a curse–a curse that leads to compounding curses if we try to escape it? 100 years ago men thought technology would be the answer to our problems. Now we are drowning in the realization that it has failed us. Our fountains of youth are making us sick. The weight of this is too heavy for us to bear, so our culture is steeped in escapism in the form of drugs, alcohol, mind-numbing television and video games, constant noise and entertainment, pornography, suicide. . .but escapism leads to even more death and misery. We cannot escape the curse.
Is God up in heaven laughing a bitter laugh, determined to torture us for eternity because we didn’t obey Him in the garden? No!
God created us to be loved by Him and to love Him in return. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit–the three persons who together are the One True God–have had a perfect relationship of pure love from eternity past and on into eternity future. God does not need people in order for Him to be happy. God doesn’t even need our worship in order to be fulfilled. But He is so good that He created us so we could share in this loving fellowship and all the pleasures that go with it. That is why you were created.
God loves you. Jesus loves you. God wired you to be loved by Him and to love Him. Life is meaningless and empty if you don’t know God. That is the point of the curse: If it weren’t for the curse we would never even think about God. We would think life was just fine without Him. Look around you. Look inside your heart. When I look around I see a lot of lonely, sad, miserable and depressed people trying to make it through life their way, without God. It obviously isn’t working. They try to make it look like they are happy, but are they really? Or is there an emptiness, an ache; a longing for something more, different, better?????
God is what we all are longing for, and He really does have a fountain of life available to those who love Him. Only those who hate Him will have to stay under the curse, forever separated from Him with the weight of their sin on them in hell. If you humble yourself before God, and believe that Jesus is God and that He died for your sins, and that God the Father raised Him from the dead, you can be saved. God’s unfailing mercy and kindness are freely given to those who cry to Him, “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner!”
Psalm 36:5-10 says, “Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are like a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust in the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. Oh continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright in heart.”
Jesus is the only way to be saved–He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man comes to the Father except through Me.” But He offers up an invitation to anyone who wants to come, “And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (John 14:6 and Revelation 22:17b)
In eternity, when God sends the New Jerusalem down to earth, there will be “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Jesus). In the middle of the street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever” Revelation 22:1-5.
To know God in this life brings blessing, but even more is promised in the future to those who love God and who have been saved through Jesus death on the cross. The futility of living under a curse will come to an end–it is only meant to drive us to God so we can receive His love. But those who would rather live life without God, and do their own thing, will remain cursed for eternity in fire and darkness. Which will you choose? Jesus says again, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 There is a way out from under the curse. Come to Jesus.