Our Deepest Sense of Fear

The exposure of our nakedness implanted in us a deep sense of fear.  We sensed that we were not acceptable as we were (which is true), so we felt driven to do something to make ourselves more acceptable to God.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 32

Religious Change Does Not Work

Religious change, no matter how well-intentioned, doesn’t work for three primary reasons:

  1. Religious activities fail to address the “root” idolatries that drive our sin.
  2. When our acceptance is based on our performance, we exacerbate two root sins in our heart: pride and fear
  3. The insecurity of always wondering if we’ve done enough to be accepted causes resentment of God, not love for Him.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; pages 30-33

Left With a Sense of Exposure, Fear, Guilt and Shame

The early church fathers (guys like Gregory of Nazianzus and Athanasius) explained that prior to their sin, Adam and Eve had been “clothed” in the love and acceptance of God, so their nakedness did not bother them.  Now having stripped themselves of God’s love and acceptance, they were left with a sense of exposure, fear, guilt and shame.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 28