Recently I've been reading in Romans, which if you are into theology, is where much of the basis for the Christian faith's finer points of theology comes from. Not saying the other books in the Bible aren't sources, I'm just saying that so many times Romans is cited, specifically justified by faith. Something though recently caught my eye...Adam.
Nope, not talking to myself, but with a name like Adam, sometimes I feel responsible. Adam was responsible for bringing sin into the world. Because of him we all needed a savior. This seems rough. First, why would my parents name me after such a person? Second, seems overkill to have one guy be responsible for the downfall of the world.
However, what is important to understand, is just as sin came into the world through one man, it was defeated by one man! I like this equality, this balance, this fulfillment. It makes sense to me from a logical standpoint.It took one guy to ruin it and it takes just one guy to fix it.
I didn't go into all the complexities of original sin, justification, substitution, grace, and all the other "christian terms" that could go with this post. Just wanting to share some thoughts I was having this week. It took single guy, in a moment of trying to be the guy, to bring the downfall of all mankind. But it took one man, giving himself to live and die for all, to provide the fix.
I like how The Message puts it in Romans 5:18-19: Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right.
Also, Adam is a good name, after all that is what God chose to name the first person created in his image. I'm glad my parents didn't name me Benedict or Poop-face or Jezebel.