6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
-We know this truth from the Bible. In fact it’s one of the foundational truths of the Christian faith because we have to accept our worthlessness before we will ever be interested in Jesus Christ’s worth. But consider this truth in light of what we learn from Genesis 2:9; the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden was “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. Consider that in the beginning humanity did not know good or evil, we did not do good or evil; we simply obeyed the Lord. With the forbidden fruit came the knowledge of evil, but also the knowledge of good. So we set about aspiring to be “good” and doing “good” in the earth. But think about what that means for God. Every time He sees our so called good, He is reminded of our disobedience in the garden. Not only could our good never be acceptable in the sight of God, our good is an affront to God. Anytime we do a work (outside of Christ) and consider it good, it is like rubbing God’s nose in the fact that we rebelled against Him and stole the knowledge of good and evil.