What if we are all running a trial version of life? Did Adam and Eve steal God’s software?
Hold on for a bumpy idea that God has a lot in common with Bill Gates.
There are plenty of free trial or “demo” versions of software available for download from the Internet. Many times, the downloaded trial software is actually the real, full version of the software except that certain functions have been disabled. Once you register and pay a fee, you get a “key” or a long, meaningless series of letters and numbers that can be used to enable all the features.
Genesis suggests Adam and Eve were the original users of God’s software, Life, and had access to the full version: abundant food, pleasant scenery, dominion over the plants and animals, running around carefree, etc. Moreover, God was ready to provide Life for free to all other users. There was just one requirement: everyone had to follow the license agreement…not eating the forbidden fruit.
It was awesome! That is until the hacker showed up.
Serpent, the hacker, shows Eve how to steal God’s Life software, ironically, with an apple. Eve shows Adam how to steal Life. When God realizes his Life software is being stolen [“See, the man has become like one of us…” Genesis 3:22], He disabled many parts of Life which left Adam and Eve using a trial version. He also punished the hacker for intellectual property theft.
Adam and Eve find the trial version of Life is not nearly as good as the full version. Food is no longer readily available, nakedness goes out of vogue, childbearing is a real pain, and so forth. Worst of all is that, unlike the full version, the trial version of Life expires leaving the user with nothing. Because of the hack, God only makes the trial version of Life available, but it’s free for everyone. Registration is optional.
For those who do register their trial versions with Him, however, God has an incredible deal. The deal is that all registered trial version users get free upgrades to the full version when their trial versions of Life expire.
Hopefully, the ride wasn’t too rough.
God is the supreme programmer.
Perhaps everything needed for everlasting happiness, life and love already exists within us…but the best features are disabled. You can’t buy, steal or hack the key to enable them. But, you can register with Him for the special deal, because He is the key.