There is a common phrase I often hear people say when they are upset with people trying to avoid responsibility for their actions. The phrase goes something like this, “No one wants to take responsibility for their actions any more!” While I agree with the basic concept, I think I would make minor change. I don’t think it is necessary to add any more to this statement. In fact, those of us who claim to know and study the Bible recognize that not only is this not a new concept but it has actually been in existence since the first sin. Take a few moments to consider with me the pattern of conversation that took place between God and man back in the garden after they ate from the forbidden fruit.
God and Adam Gen 2:9-12
9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
As you can see, the first thing Adam tries to do when he is confronted by God for his disobedience is to try and place the blame one Eve. Just like people today who want to say it’s always because of someone else
God and Eve Gen 2:13
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Just like Adam, when Eve was confronted with her sin she tried to blame someone else, the serpent.
Now let’s see who God holds responsible for the sin that took place
The Serpent Gen 2:14
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” The serpent was held responsible for his sin of deception.
The woman Eve: Gen 2:16
16 To the woman He said: I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Just as the serpent, Eve was held responsible for her own actions.
The Man Adam: Gen 2:17-19
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” Just like the serpent and the woman, the man was punished for his own actions.
It’s plain to see from this example that the idea of not wanting to take responsibility for our own actions is nothing new. The important thing we must all remember is that each of us will be held accountable for what we do and not the actions of others. This is clearly stated in scripture and is a good way to end this post