Because man wants to be a god, determining good and evil for themselves, lawlessness in society increases as the god-man rebels against the rule of law. The State, moreover, clashes with all others because it considers itself as ruler over man. These eventually clash with each other in a constant warfare for dominion. Who shall govern?
The quest for power by the self-determined god-man and the self-determined god-state lead to a secular humanistic society depraved of moral absolutes that over time destroys itself. We see this happening today. This has been the pattern for thousands of years as nations rise and fall and shift in power. Satan’s enticement was, “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). This Scripture takes us back to the beginning and reveals the treason of Adam and Eve. Read again. “For you shall be as gods knowing (or determining for yourself) good and evil.”
The first Adam didn’t have a sin nature like you and me. No, in fact, Adam was a perfect man. His sin was the highest of all, straight up rebellion and treason against God. Adam wanted to determine for himself good and evil. He wanted God’s place of supreme lordship and sovereignty. Adam did not want delegated dominion over the earth but sovereign dominion over the earth. His treason threw the world into chaos, warfare, and need of a savior.
Saint Athanasius wrote, On the Incarnation, “When this happened men began to die, and corruption ran riot among them and held sway over them to an even more than natural degree, because it was the penalty of which God had forewarned them for transgressing the commandment. Indeed, they had in their sinning surpassed all limits; for, having invented wickedness in the beginning and so involved themselves in death and corruption, they had gone on gradually from bad to worse, not stopping at any one kind of evil, but continually, as with insatiable appetite, devising new kinds of sins. Adulteries and thefts were everywhere, murder and rapine filled the earth, law was disregarded in corruption and injustice, all kinds of iniquities were perpetrated by all, both singly and in common.”
The right for legal dominion can only be obtained through submission to Jehovah’s rule of law (Exodus 20). This is why Christ told His Disciples to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). To put the Kingdom of God first means to put first His government, His authority, His laws, His principles, His Word, and His lordship. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. (Read more here.)
© Apostle Jonas Clark
p.s. Suggested reading Destined for Dominion