"God had reasons for the rules he made, for OUR best interest. "
Teresa said this in part of her comment on my last post. It got me thinking. We often treat Sin as something God made up. We regard Sin like it's floating off in space separate from the world and it's ways. It's like when we sin it's wrong because God says so and everything bad that happens is God punnishing us. No, I don't think it's like that. I believe that sin is wrong because it's infectious and it screws everything up for us. It's against God because God's way of living is the best way, the Best possible way. When we sin don't just feel sorry to God but realize the wrong in it, the stupidity of it.
The Rabbis saw the Torah, the Law, God's commands, as the "Way the Truth and the Life," the best possible way of living. They believed that God made sin "sin" so that they might enjoy life. So God, to them, didn't just make rules for "OUR best interest" but as a gift, to make our lives better.
"These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observein the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all the decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may ENJOY long LIFE." -Deuteronomy 6:1-2
Does that fit your image of God?