God given rights?….or promises?

Reading this blog post about God given rights, which ends with this conclusion, “We do have “God given rights” to be sure, but they have nothing to do with forcing others to pick up the check for goods or services we desire,”……made me reflect…..

What does God think about “God given rights?”

I immediately thought about what God lays out for us in Genesis.  He gives man dominion over all the living creatures and allows Adam to name them (Genesis 2:19-20).

God gave man boundaries and told them not to eat the fruit from the tree in the center of Eden (Genesis 3:2-3).  Man broke this boundary….and God must administer justice (and mercy).

So what DOES God give to man— to Adam and Eve?

Well I went to Genesis 3 as a starting point…

vs. 16— God gives Eve pains in childbearing
vs. 17— God gives Adam food– but only through painful toiling
vs. 19— God gives Adam, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground[.]”
vs. 23— God tells both Adam & Eve– “So the Lord banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had taken.”

God does not give Eve a life without pain.  No, she will experience pain, but the Lord will sustain her (Psalm 55:2).  God does not just give Adam food, but he gives Adam the ability to toil and work the ground in order for Adam to eat (Isaiah 26:3-4; Philippians 4:19).

God does not give us the right to eternal life– He provides an everlasting PROMISE of eternal life through faith in Jesus.  In His loving mercy, He takes away the sting of death that came with the fall of man–John 10:27-28,

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

Click HERE to read more about the promises God gives to us.


1 Response to “God given rights?….or promises?”

  1. 1 piedpatter
    October 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Well said. Carey and I agree that free will is the only truly God given right. But the idea of individual rights began with the Magna Carta and were fully realized with advent and formation of this country. Individuation is a modern concept.

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