Blame

pointing the finger of blame

So, who is to blame for the fact I have not had an Internet connection for days?

Does it really matter?

Perhaps.

There were many mistakes, as well as frustrations, but the start of it all was a choice I made.

Nearly every situation that goes wrong can trace itself back to a choice on our part or, in this instance, on my part. It should have moved smoothly but it did not.

Yet, pointing the finger and blaming someone else is not a ‘new’ phenomenon. The history of blaming someone else takes us back to the beginning of recorded human history.

 

Adam and Eve hiding, drawing

Most people know the story of Adam and Eve and the serpent… some blame the serpent, some blame Eve, some blame Adam.

Which of them was to blame?

My opinion?

We can rule out the serpent.

As it says in Genesis 3: 1 
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made…

The serpent did not force either of them to eat the fruit of the tree they were told not to eat. He distorted what God had said, but first the woman chose to disobey God’s instructions, then Adam also disobeyed.

They each made choices, and neither of them accepted the blame for the choice they had made.

When questioned by God later… Adam excused himself by saying
“the woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.”
Gen 3: 12

Interesting. Adam blamed the woman… and is there a hint of blame toward God? ‘The woman whom You gave me.’ Sounds a bit as if there is.
Adam also blamed Eve.

Yet Adam had been instructed by God before this incident.

Was Eve to blame?

She blamed the serpent. Her response to God’s question was ‘The serpent deceived me and I ate.”

Neither of them took responsibility for their own actions.

What about us?

Are we any different? Do we accept blame if we have made a wrong choice?

Each of us, individually, is the only one who can answer that. Can we do it honestly?

If asked, how would we respond if questioned about the actions we took, or chose not to take?

Food for thought

food for thought. Who would we blame

Me?
I am simply pleased to have the Internet back!

Blame? Yes, I complained and I ‘got over it.’ As I said at the start, the very beginning of the problem was a choice I made.

Mea culpa.

Susan