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Letter to the Editor: Lack of shame brings consequences

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Monday, September 9, 2019

God formed man from the dust of the ground and put him in the Garden of Eden to work and keep it.

Genesis 2:9: The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God told Adam, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Genesis 2:18: Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

God then formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heaven and none were suitable for man.

So God put Adam to sleep and took one of his ribs, from which he made Adam a suitable helper, woman.

Instead of Adam and his wife Eve being content they chose to disobey God and eat from the forbidden tree.

Genesis 3:7: Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Adam and Eve now knew the difference between good and evil, they were naked and were ashamed of their nakedness.

God approached the disobedient couple and was not pleased with their sin or their loincloth attire.

An animal was sacrificed for their sin (blood offering) and He made them appropriate clothing out of animal skin to cover their nakedness.

Because of their disobedience they were put out of the garden thus separated from the Tree of Life, they would now have to go through the ageing and dying process that we now experience.

The Prophet Jeremiah in 6:15 said: Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?

No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush.

The point I want to make out of the above scriptures is God is not pleased when we show our nakedness. And we should at the very least feel shame when we do.

But from all the photos on Facebook, God’s Word through Jeremiah is just as true today as it was when Jeremiah walked the earth. People do not feel ashamed of their nakedness; they do not know how to blush. We need to consider the eternal consequences of our attire.

Julia Manning

Spring Hope

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