The Wobbly Truth Sunday 1 March 2020 Lent 1

February 28, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: The Wobbly Truth. Sunday 1st March 2020, Lent 1

 

There are different kinds of knowledge. An instruction book on riding a bike is of little help for your first wobbly start on two wheels. Our reading from Genesis today leaves us puzzled about why God should not want us to know good and evil. Surely this is vital and something all parents strive for with their children It helps to understand if we see that the knowledge being spoken of is not head knowledge. It is dynamic, and defining knowledge; the knowledge that bestows power. Knowledge and power are linked. Genesis gives examples of such knowledge as when Adam names the animals (Gen 2.19). Another form of knowledge is the intimacy from which life is created (Gen 4.1). So, when the Genesis story is concerned about humans having knowledge of good and evil, the concern is about humans being tempted to take the place of God to define what is good and evil in a way that suits our selfish concerns. When we humans redefine good and evil to suit ourselves tragedy and all kinds of evil follow. Leaders of communist revolutions in Europe and Asia; the Nazis during World War II all tried to remake society by redefining good and evil. Powerful individuals, or political or religious movements that attempt to redefine what is good or evil through fake news and the use of derogatory names for their

opponents should make us all more than a little nervous. The

story of Adam and Eve casts a long shadow.  Alex Czerwonka

 

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