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Thought for the weekend: The Fall ... and salvation

The Rev Gareth Burke, Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Last Saturday I was involved in a lively discussion over the whole question of changing the clocks. I was convinced that they were not to be changed until today but others were sure that I was wrong.

In an attempt to bring the matter to a conclusion I consulted the UK Government website only to discover that I was wrong. It was, in fact, time to turn the clocks back. Many years ago someone had given me the helpful advice that in the Fall the clocks 'fall back' while in the Spring they 'spring forward'. So, having eaten humble pie, I quietly got to work adjusting watches, mobiles etc.

We don't often speak of the Fall in this part of the world. It's a term which our American cousins use for the Autumn.

For many of us when we hear the term 'The Fall' we instinctively think of Adam and the Garden of Eden. It's a sad story. God made the world and everything in it. He created Adam and Eve and placed them in a beautiful garden where he gave then a very straightforward instruction:

'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die'. (Genesis 2: 16 & 17)

Sadly Adam failed to keep God's command. He listened to the devil, disguised as a snake, ate the forbidden fruit and sinned against God. Sad as that was for Adam, its implications were far reaching. Adam sinned not only as an individual before God but as the representative of mankind. Ever since that terrible moment in the garden sin has been in the world. All of us have been 'sinful from the time my mother conceived me'. (Psalm 51:5)

But there is good news. God, in His love, hasn't forgotten us. He sent His Son, Jesus into this world to save sinners. Through faith in Jesus we can experience God's forgiveness. We can know the blessings of salvation.

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