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Biblical Studies Journal Volume 2, Number 4
May 18, 1998
Where Art Thou?
The first question which God ever asked of man, as it
is recorded in the Bible, was the question, "Where
art thou?" Adam had tried to hide himself among the trees from the
presence of God, and he failed to realize that the God who made him could
surely seek him out.
It is not so much a matter of one of us hearing
that language and taking special note of it because he simply didn't realize
that it is part of God's word. Rather, it would seem that there
is among us a kind of thinking which hears the same word but which embraces
a theory that believes in no absolutes, no rules, no laws, no commandments,
and which feels repulsed at the very suggestion of uniformity among
If God's absolutes are thus successfully eliminated,
then man becomes his own God, and it doesn't matter "where he stands" on
anything. When we go back to God's original question of Adam, "Where
art thou?" it is noteworthy that the question came on the heels
of a disobeyed commandment. Adam was trying to hide from God. But
why hide? What is there about the commandments of God which make them so
repugnant that we would rather believe that no such commandments even exist?
Is it not the very epitome of arrogance to assume that the creature can
better direct his stops than can the Creator? Well did the Psalmist
back thy servant also from presumptuous sin."
-- Gene M. Carrell
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