A New Eden

I have always struggled to understand the Christian creation story.  It seemed like a truth that was just out of my grasp.  It just did not make sense, but I think that was because I was too focused on subtle little details of the story instead of the overall meaning behind it.  I wanted to know why if we ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil do so many people not know the difference between right and wrong.  It would seem like the story did not apply to the way people are.  However, I think that the tree represented the fact that we, upon eating of it, were given the capability to choose good and/or evil.  At the end of the day, it helps to view the whole story as a symbol of this choice and its effect on human nature and his/her position in the universe today.  Thus, it does shed light on (wo)mankind’s struggle with himself, with doing the right things for the right reasons and his/her relationship with God.  Another thing to consider is the fact that God is not gender-limited.  It is a matter of convenience to talk of Him as Father.  In fact, he is both mother and father to all of creation.  Anyway, this established, let us return to the creation story, and then fast forward to Jesus, who is the Son.  When Jesus died on the cross, and then rose from the grave, He became the tree of life for us to eat.  If you remember, the tree of life was the other tree forbidden to us that we never had a chance to steal from God.  Here, in Jesus, we are given another chance and it is almost as if God has said, alright go ahead I love you too much to keep it from you.  Besides, Jesus earned the tree of life for the rest of humanity, believe it or not.  That was how amazing the Savior was.  He earned the tree of life for humanity, and then became it on the cross, and then, as if this was not enough, He gave us eternal hope by springing up out of the tomb!

Going back to the original story in Genesis – We fell because we did not trust in God and His provision for us.  We wanted more and we wanted it for ourselves.  Thus, we, through our blatant selfishness and disregard for God and His decree, brought the curse of sin and death into the world, forever cursing ourselves and creation as a whole.  You might ask why would God allow that to happen but that is the nature of love.  God loves us so much he lets us go off by ourselves.  Isn’t that what parents are supposed to do eventually?  Anyway, He provided Jesus as a way back to Him and it is all to prove that God is boundless in the end.  The whole struggle of life and death is to bring glory to God and to reveal Himself and His true nature to the world.

So, back to Jesus and the cross – God came down personally to earth from heaven in the form and person of Jesus to give us what previously had been forbidden to us – eternal life.  Jesus through his wondrous life and love as a human earned us a partnership with God and eternal life.  He reconciled us with God and made our love for Him deeper than it could have been had we not fallen.  That is the purpose of the fall.

So Jesus commands us to drink His blood and eat of His flesh.  The Bible declares this as a hard lesson.  However, think of it this way.  He, Jesus, is the tree of life that we were not allowed to eat of in Eden.  But there He is on the cross shedding his mortal blood and we are to drink of it, because it is the fruit of life, as is His flesh.  This is a hard lesson, but in light of Eden it makes perfect sense.  Of course it does, this is God’s story, not ours, though through Jesus’ sacrifice, we have been brought into righteous partnership with the King of the Universe.  Jesus’ sacrifice secures for us, as He promised the thief along side Him, a place in paradise – a new Eden.

Champions and Luck

Champions make their own luck and when that luck happens they capitalize on it.  However you want to look at it, harnessing the impetus of the moment is always key.  Look at Tom Brady who was, I believe, selected as the very last pick in the draft as a favor.  Then, he gets put in the game, a playoff game, after the starter gets hurt.  He is now the GOAT of all quarterbacks and possibly one of the greatest sports heroes of all time in all sports.  But he accomplished that by grabbing the moment and 5 Super Bowl wins later (he appeared in seven total), he is the GOAT.

 

What I am trying to say is make it happen and acknowledge the key moment to really harness your potential.  You can do anything but knowing when to really excel is almost as important as the excelling itself.

Treatise on Jesus

I don’t consider myself an exclusive Christian.  I believe that God the Creator cannot be singly defined by one set of religious beliefs.  God the Creator transcends any one religion’s concept of Him.  However, with that preface, I would like to say that personally I believe in the Virgin birth of the Christ.  Jesus the Christ had none of the original iniquities inherent in all other man after the Fall of Adam and Eve because He was born directly from God (like Adam was originally formed directly by God before he ate the Forbidden fruit and fell).  What is interesting about this fact that Jesus was essentially free of that original iniquity that we all inherit, is that He does not lord it over us but has a supreme understanding of the fallen humans’ spirit.  That is what makes Him the Christ.  Also interesting to note is that Jesus believed in fallen man more than we even believed in Him.  He said, before ascending to His proper place at the Right Hand, that people after Him would do greater things than He had done.  He was not misled in saying this, nor misleading.  He simply wanted us to know that after His sacrifice as the Paschal Lamb, we sinners were as right with God now as Jesus was from the beginning of time.  And, He also wanted us to know that in this new relationship we would be finally capable of a perfect form of love.

The tadpole’s change

Any change in or journey through life is modeled, at least abstractly and mostly in a very real sense, after the metamorphosis of a tadpole into a frog.

These changes and/or journeys we go through are, as for the tadpole/frog, natural; but that does not make them any less scary both for the tadpole/frog and for those witnessing that journey or change for the first time.  Thus, we must be patient with ourselves and each other as legs and arms sprout out where before there were none.  It might be surprising for the tadpole but to the seasoned biologist, they know what to expect.  So, be a biologist for someone else and help them realize these changes are something we all go through and are natural and understandable.  Then, they will be less scared and the change will be less scary.

The Void that is not a Void

Retract everything – all the things people have said to you, nice and not nice, your definitions thereby of yourself, all the things that buoy you up, all the knowledge and learning from years educated, all the cultural truths, religions, and ideologies.  Find the nothingness that is left after this retraction.  Realize that the void left over is your perfect strength, because you are aware of it, and are unafraid of ‘t.  And, get this, it is aware of you because it is not a Void.  It is a fullness; it is the fullness of the Father; it is the very essence and presence of ultimate freedom and love… embrace it!

Concerning God and Freedom

When did it become unpopular to believe in God?  When church and state were separated.  I’m sorry but I don’t want to be a part of any system of freedom that turns people’s minds into vanilla pudding in the name of reason and enlightenment.  That is not freedom; that is not reasonable; that is not enlightening.  That is lack of courage and commitment.  That is a different, more dangerous form of tyranny.  Don’t unsex God or belief in Him.

Go ahead and worship the blood-spangled manner.  I will be worshipping the LORD of love whose forgiveness is true freedom.  That I will sacrifice myself for…

Poem

I’ll take Jesus for my sigil.

Stage a vigil for His second coming

When did it become disadvantageous to be religious in this day and age?

Bugger that belief!  I come to bear witness to the truth of the righteous LORD.

crystal nature of the mind

You cannot be taught anything that you don’t already know.  In other words, things need to be built in our minds piece by piece.  That is why school is established in grades K-12.  If something is not already within your mind in some capacity, it cannot be learned.  You see this with certain foreign languages that are impossible to learn for adults.  At some point, our minds crystallize and we cannot no longer take in new material.  We become stagnant.  However, there are ways to combat this, to not allow your mind to crystallize.  To do this, one must plant seeds or have other people plant seeds within them so that they can flower later on.  We are equipped coming into this world from birth with neural pathways waiting to take in new information.  Make sure you are learning and teaching the right things because one day these things will crystallize and turn into a person that can no longer be reached…

God’s kids

It’s been said that Christians are children of God by adoption only.  And, the functionality of that adoption is faith.  I would argue that we as human beings created in His image have always been His rightful children.  However, it took the arrival and crucifixion of Christ to help us realize that we were His children and that He loved us that much.  Christ’s resurrection shows man what he really is in his heart.  Mankind’s potential was made clear in Jesus; however, that potential has always been there.  Mankind is a template for God to take form in.  He does this through the Holy Spirit which was sent by Christ after He ascended to live among us.  In this way, He is with us always…on the inside.