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Messed-up!

On more than one occasion I have been told, “Dude, you’re messed-up!”  Usually I respond with, “Why, yes, yes I am.”  After all, the first step toward recovery is recognizing the truth.  And, let’s face it, there’s no one in my family who would disagree that I am about half of a bubble off of level.  But hey, at least I’m not the first one to be told I’m messed-up – and I’m certainly not going to be the last.  I find that those of us who are messed-up are in good company.

The first time anyone was accused of being messed-up was in Genesis 3:4.  Before we get to that part, let’s talk background.  Adam and Eve were told by God not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they would surely begin to die (Genesis 2:16, 17).

One day, while in the middle of the garden, Eve found herself suffering from a snake bite.  Did you know that snake venom works by bonding itself to our cellular receptors?  In other words, our cells are like a night club with bouncers guarding the entrance.  These bouncers are called cellular receptors.  Snake venom is like a sneaky teenager who gets into a club with fake ID.  If the bouncer trusts the ID, he lets the kid through.  When the cellular receptors bond with the proteins in the venom the cells are then altered, allowing the venom to continue altering more and more cells.

The snake started the conversation with a simple question, just to break the skin.  Then he injected his venomous lies, coupled with a hint of the truth of God’s words.  That was the moment when Eve was accused of being messed-up.  The serpent simply said to her, “You will not surely die, for God knows that when you eat of [the fruit] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4 NIV).

Now that’s messed-up!  The master of deception attempts to convince God’s creation that she can be equal with God.  Unfortunately, once Eve ate the fruit she would never be the same again; the fangs were set and the venom was delivered.  She became infected with sin.  Like the snake venom that replicates itself from cell-to-cell, sin does the same.  Eve offered her newfound infection to Adam.  Ever since that day, sin has replicated itself through all humanity – it is inescapable.  We are messed-up!

This site is dedicated to those who are messed-up and know it.  We’re all a bit quirky and we all face the daily struggles of living life as infected beings.  Sin never takes a vacation, but there is hope because, neither does Jesus.