The Bible is history as well as future history. The lessons are there for us to learn and, yet, we do not. Instead, we fall back on the lie. “Did God really say…?” was the question Satan asked the first couple and he has continued to ask that deceptive question. We want to question God and His wisdom because we, after all, have a better way. Just look at our track record. That is, our history of success in living without God’s meddling. While history is replete with the ruins of cultures who turned their backs on God, we know better, we will will make event turn out differently. Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
One of the best examples I can think of is smoking. People do not remember that there was a time when it was thought that smoking tobacco was actually good for the body. Imagine, the ingesting of the smoke from a burning plant deep into the lungs was believed to have beneficial medicinal qualities. Even when the evidence suggested a connection between smoking and cancer as well as other lung diseases people doubted the findings, questioned the research. Today, we have marijuana. The current mantra is that there are no consequences for casual or even regular smoking marijuana. After all, how could there be any problem with ingesting smoke from a burning plant deep into the lungs? How could there be any danger in unnaturally adjusting the function of the brain? The slowly developing research shows that those who use cannabis even on an occasional basis lose mental abilities but we press on with our denial. What could possibly go wrong…?