Man’s life began with God. Man was formed from the dust of the ground and it was God who breathed His breath into the nostrils of Man and Man became a living being. This was not just physical life but Man was now, whole and truly alive. This wholesomeness for Man included his spiritual, mental, social, physical, ecological and personal well being. All of Man’s wholesomeness lay rooted and rested in his relationship with God.
In order for Man to continuously affirm for himself that he needs to be in relationship with God, God placed a tree in the middle of the garden. Man was instructed by God not to eat of the fruit of this tree. It was a crucial dynamic for Man’s wholesomeness. Every time Man passed the tree, they were reminded of their relationship with their Creator. They would say, ‘no’ to eat the fruit of the tree and by doing so, affirmed for themselves, creation and to the Creator, “We choose to be in relationship with God”. Man by choice, chose to remain in relationship with God and thereby experienced and enjoyed, wholesomeness.
We see what this meant to God. God’s heart was pleased with Man. He watched them rejecting to eat the fruit, every time they passed the tree. The communication from Man to God was, “God, we love you and we choose to obey you”. Man was in a love relationship with God and Man demonstrated his love for God by rejecting to eat of the fruit of the tree. The result - Man continued in his wholesomeness.
Along with the instruction to Man, not to eat of the fruit of tree, God also warned them, informing them of the consequences. The warning was that the day they ate the fruit of the tree, they would surely die. The death here meant that they would be separated from their relationship with God. The result of separation from God was that Man would break down and the wholesomeness that Man experienced and enjoyed because of his relationship with His creator, would end.
Man was not ignorant of the consequences of his choice. The choice that Man made to eat the fruit of the tree did not happen as an impulsive act. It was DELIBERATE. Man chose and still chooses to rebel and reject a relationship with his Creator. In doing so, Man breaks down. This is what we see in us and all around us. We are a broken people and we resemble Humpty Dumpty.
Sin, therefore is deep and total. Sin is rebellion against God and Man is in sin because we are in rebellion against our creator. There is no superficial, band-aid remedy for the problem of sin in Man, which has caused Man’s broken down state. Man’s condition is terminal and Man by our own effort cannot restore relationship with our Creator and regain wholesomeness.
Man is now both helpless as well as hostile toward God at the same time.