The “What If” syndrome can be categorized into two:
Past “what ifs” and future “what ifs”.
Future “what ifs” are good because they help us plan for emergencies and the unexpected.
“What if my car breaks down?” Well, then you have to save up just in case and have a backup plan for transportation.
“What if I lose my job”? Well, then you have to save up just in case and have a backup plan for income. Figure out what is the worse-comes-to-worse scenario and plan NOT to get there. Do everything you can to avoid it.
Get the picture?
“What ifs” of the past are only good for helping us learn from them.
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
“What if I had gone there instead of here?” Too late now. Can you go back? Probably not. If you could go back, what would you have done differently? Do that the next time you come across a similar situation. Forget about it and move forward. Thinking about what could have been is dangerous and can only lead to depression.
A Phoenix Examiner, Sonny Craig, the Phoenix Religion & Society Examiner once wrote:
“If Adam really had a Free-Will choice, and didn’t sin, if there was no Fall, what would Human History have looked like?”
He then wrote, “Traditional Christianity has no answer to that.”
Actually, it’s logically very simple. We’d be living in an Eden-type world in love and peace with God as our friend and we would obey God.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” ~Genesis 1: 27-28
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”~Genesis 2:15-17
But Adam did eat of the tree and, well, the rest is history. God tried over and over again to get man to obey Him, but man still preferred sin to goodness. (The Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah)
Then God sent Jesus to save us from those sins so we wouldn’t die and we will live in love and peace (just like Eden) with God forever and ever.
So, what if Adam hand’t sinned? That didn’t happen. Live with what did and move on.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 3:13b-14
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