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New Life Daily Devotion - December 19, 2011

  • 2011 Dec 19


Out Of Eden

I’m Steve Arterburn with a New Life moment.

Can we return to the Garden of Eden? One German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, made this observation after studying the Bible’s account of Adam and Eve’s first sin.

“So Adam must leave paradise. For every one of us it’s in the past. And only fools think that it can be re-established on this earth. As a rule, those who have promised men a heaven on earth have made it a life of hell. No, there is no road back.”

This same German theologian suffered greatly under the Third Reich…all due to one man’s attempt to return to Eden…to find utopia.

Utopian dreams aren’t usually as brutal as the Third Reich’s. But they’re all around us, and ultimately, no less delusional. That’s because they point us back to Eden rather than forward to heaven, and they ignore the fact that mankind fell with Adam, and desperately needs Jesus.


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