“You will be like God” - the fall of man once and today

Andreas May

Abstract


Reasons are given as to why the narrative of the fall of man in Genesis 3:1–24 refers to a real event. The fall of man presumably took place more than 600,000 years ago. Genesis 3:1–24 describes in a very vivid way how the devil seduces people to disobey God. A central point in the devil’s strategy is the promise “you will be like God”. Wanting to be like God is hubris. The best medicine against hubris is the virtue of humility. Just as in Genesis 3:1–24, also today the devil wants to seduce people to disobey God to enslave and destroy them. Time and again, the devil manages to seduce people into evil under the guise of good with his promise “you will be like God”. Concepts and behaviours that at first glance appear to be philanthropic and liberating can be very destructive. As examples of this, four thematic complexes are considered. In the first two issues (atomisation of society, propagation of gender ideology and homosexuality), people are increasingly uprooted and lose more and more of their identity. With abortion and euthanasia, people want to play God at the margins of life and relativise the clear imperative “you shall not murder” and replace it with their own criteria of good and evil. Transhumanism creates serious obstacles in the relationship with God.


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Devil; Euthanasia; Fall of man; Genesis; Sexuality; Transhumanism

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