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Part 2: Moral Injury Through a Biblical Lens.

Here's a thought: God intended for us to be morally injured. I know that sounds harsh but, hear me out. Clearly, He wanted there to be consequences for wrong actions and willful disobedience. One of the first safe guards He put into place in Genesis 2 verse 17 was a prohibition paraphrased as: 'steer clear of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil or else.' Did Adam understand the concept of death? We may never know but it was clear that God spelled out a consequence for the first time; if this, then that. Will we ever know God's motivation for including a forbidden item in an otherwise free garden? Most likely not. Whatever the reason, there was introduced the concept of consequences. For your longevity, for your own moral good, for your relationship with me to remain boundary free, Do.Not.Eat.From.That.Tree.

Gods' moral imperatives were to maintain the Holy nature of His creations. His desire has always been for us to enjoy our lives as lived within His will. Life outside of His will leads to spiritual and often physical death. With that understanding, God ended up leaving it to us to make significant choices for ourselves; each choice with a consequence attached. One could argue that the initial idea of negative consequences was to give us an internal "check" to wrestle with; 'should I, or shouldn't I do a thing? ' You can almost see Eve's internal dialogue when talking to the serpent about the veracity of God's threat. Those who raise toddlers often see this as you watch them suss out 'what will happen if I do...'

As adults, we have an understanding that one bad decision often follows another in the course of a lifetime of living outside of Gods will right? The activation of the emotions guilt and shame are devastatingly witnessed as the holy pair became sin filled right before our eyes. Two of the deepest and most morally gripping emotions were set into motion with that one bite. And then the "blame game" started. Had Eve and Adam admitted to their responsibility in the matter, I kinda think that a different sort of