Let’s begin where we (the human race) went wrong, – – – with The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Before the fall everything was perfect, holy, righteous, and beautiful, but after Adam and Eve had their little chat with the serpent, and lost their trust in God, their minds became separated from the Infinite, like a computer un-plugged from the Internet, and their thinking went binary.
I have two metaphors for eating from God’s forbidden tree.
1. “PLAYING WITH MATCHES.”
When you were a small child your parents probably said, “Don’t ever play with matches, if you find matches bring them to us right away! Fire is very dangerous, if you play with matches you will burn down the house and kill us all.”
However, when you were older your parents taught you to use matches responsibly.
Genesis 3:22, The LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as ones of us, to know good and evil.
According to Genesis 3:22 knowledge of good and evil is not a sin.
Yes, Matthew 7:1, says, Judge not., however, Romans 14:4 speaks about not judging outside of your jurisdiction, then Proverbs 31:9 Speaks about judging righteously, and 1 Corinthians 6:3 says, Know ye not that we shall judge angels?
Apparently God planned to instruct us in righteous judgment at some later date, but choosing to figure it out on our own certainly hasn’t worked out all that well for us.
2. “THE THRONE OF GOD.”
God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the garden and the animals, but only as His stewards. The forbidden tree is a symbolic representation of God’s throne, His Authority as Judge.
Metaphorically, eating the forbidden fruit was like jumping up on God’s throne and saying, “We don’t need no baby sitter, we can choose our own way, and judge for ourselves’ what’s right and what’s wrong.
This separated them from their source of Infinite Knowledge, and dropped their level of perception from holistic to binary, causing them to think and perceive dualistically.
Before the fall there was no use or meaning for words like good and evil, because everything was perfect, holy, and righteous, just as it will be again after the restoration.
Meanwhile their eyes had indeed been opened, – – – to a dismal two – dimensional black and white, either/or, humanistic world of pain and misery.
The high balance between good and evil is loving, holy, righteous, actions.
Always choosing to do the most loving thing for everyone concerned in the circumstances.
So no thing, and no action, in-and-of-itself, is either good or evil, this is the nuts and bolts of the grand illusion.
As an example, imagine you have been called into court because you witnessed a man cutting off a persons arm. He was wearing a white coat, but you can’t honestly say whether the man was,
1. A surgeon amputating an arm to save a person’s life.
2. An inebriated doctor amputating the wrong arm by mistake.
3, A mad man sawing off the arm in anger.
For the court to judge this man’s actions, his motive and competency must be taken into consideration.
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare
In heaven, the words, ‘good’ and ‘evil’ will be obsolete.
NOTE: I’m not saying evil does not exist, I’m saying we are not qualified to judge, because evil has more to do with the intentions of the heart than it does with the deed itself, and God is the only one qualified to judge hearts.
I’m saying that to act righteously; to do the right (most loving) thing for everyone concerned for all of eternity, we must be connected to infinite knowledge; under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, because even when our intentions are good and loving, we can still cause harm to others by acting on our own, without Jesus.
All of Jesus’ actions were righteous, but he accomplished this by only doing and saying what the Father told him to do and say.
“I can of mine own self do nothing: – – – I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father.” (John 5:30)
“I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” (John 12:49)
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P.s. The serpent’s most subtle lie.
By drawing Eve into a third-party conversation ‘about’ God, he insinuated our Loving Heavenly Father was an absent God, somewhere far far away, concerned with more important matters.
And of course that’s a big fat lie. Jeremiah 23:23-24, “Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
So the next time it feels like your prayers are bouncing off of the ceiling, stop and realize, you are buying into this original lie.
Next; “JESUS MAN vs. JESUS GOD”