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What it Means to be Human

By Edited Oct 17, 2016 0 0

Through the author(s)' use of characterization in Genesis 1-3, the author(s) revealed that all humans have an innate desire to gain power through greed, so much so that humans can be easily manipulated into doing anything to prosper and succeed, but in the end, will decline and fail.

One of the key characteristics mentioned in this bible passage is greed. Greed is an innate human desire to allow us free will and gaining of knowledge. As a result of the free will, as humans were given the opportunity to make our own decisions. However, the desire opened humans to be manipulated. For example, the snake manipulated Adam and Eve to eat from the tree: The snake told them God was wrong, and that by eating the fruit you shall live forever and gain infinite knowledge. Because of greed, the two humans succumbed to the manipulation of the snake and ate from the tree, gaining knowledge but invoking the wrath of God: "…The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it… so Yahweh God expelled them from the Garden of Eden…" Greed forces out our common sense and free will, exposing us to the manipulation and temptations that we encounter every day. Essentially, every single human is greedy at some level, but maintaining a sense of morality is a way which we can overcome greed and avoid succumbing to manipulations and temptations in our everyday life.

Another characteristic which ties in with greed is the innate desire for power and empowerment. Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of knowledge to gain wisdom and power in their lives, refusing to be controlled by God. They thought that disobeying God would lead to them becoming gods and holding absolute authority over everything living. "The the serpent said to the woman, 'No! You will not die! God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.'" The snake's manipulation of Eve and later, Adam, became a source of an outstanding desire for power and empowerment. As a result of this desire, they followed the manipulation of the snake and violated an order of God. Because of the desire for power in all humans, people will stab anyone in the back to attempt to achieve power in their lives, even to go so far as to go against God himself.

The desire for power and greed are like poisons. They kill off every last bit of free will and morality in a human being, and leave them powerless, poor and alone. Even though all humans possess these characteristics, we must overcome them to stay alive and be people of morals and prosperity, instead of following them and becoming people of manipulation and poverty. All it takes is leading not into temptation. After all, the Prophet Job was given tests by God and Satan to prove his loyalty to the Lord and not following any desires, and he succeeded. If we can all become like Job, then we will be a race without war and cruelty. If we cannot become like him, then we will fail as a race and not live up to the expectations of God and be in his image. The answer for living good lives is resisting temptation and going away from Satan and his works.

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