To rise again from the fall of mankind

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  1. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    God consists of Spirit (Love) and substance (Matter). Mankind is a Creation of these two aspects of God, consisting of both His Spirit and His Substance. Birthed from the universe (His Substance), came all forms of life on earth. Darwinian evolution may in fact offer an explanation of how we (Mankind) actually came to form "from" the earth.

    After all things had been created, man was formed "Last". I believe God gave mankind life through His Spirit (Love), whereby mankind became "Living Souls" "God-beings" having dominion over all the earth. With this new power came a price, however (Self will).

    No longer were we to act on (Instinct) but on our own vocation, with the understanding that we were to rule by the Spirit (Love) which He breathed into our nostrils, whereby we became living souls. We were created in His image, so we might be the caretakers of all His creation.

    We were given power and rule over all the earth. Even so, the power we had soon became too (Tempting) to not take advantage of, thus we no longer acted on the Love He put in our midst, but on selfish desire to rule over one another. Hence the fall of man out of God's Kingdom "Eden".

    There were two trees in the "midst" of the garden; existing within mankind themselves.

    1) God's Will (Selfless Love)

    2) Man's will (Selfish Desire)

    Man chose His own Will (Selfish Desire), and so here we are today still paying for our disobedience to God. Even so, Jesus showed us the way back into the Kingdom (To live with a pure and Selfless Love for God and for all is Creation).

    (With time we will rise again, but only through love)


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  2. wil

    wil UNeyeR1

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    Namaste James,

    quite nice.


    I don't see it as a fall. As the story goes the first Adam was put to sleep by G!d whilst he stole the rib to make woman....we never came out of that sedation until the story continues with the Second Adam (Jesus) waking us up to the reality of who we are....

    G!d is love, we are made in the image, we are one, we are love...

    Jesus realized his oneness and told us everything did we can do and more, because we are also sons and daughters fo the most high...

    And now to put it to song... the 'Blue Notes', hit is Herman...

     
  3. shawn

    shawn New Member

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    nice way to look at it.
    We are far from the garden, but this is only in our minds.
     
  4. iBrian

    iBrian Peace, Love and Unity Staff Member

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    I thought the two trees described were the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life - and the story, through having people eat from the Tree of Knowledge, is therefore an early exploration of why people are so different from animals - the major pointer being our understanding of ourselves, our surroundings, but especially abstract concepts.
     
  5. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    The two trees represent two contrasting (ways) of life. 1) Mankind living as caretakers through Gods Love whereby the goodness of life manifests on earth. 2) Mankind attempting to rule over one another through selfish will (lust) whereby evil manifests on earth. One (Way) leads to life and the other (Way) leads to death. We are all essentially very good, but our selfish will (Self serving desires) are deceiving, and is the tree (Way) by which evil came to manifest on earth.

    Proverbs 8:1-36


    "Love"



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  6. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    One more thing....

    You are the GateKeeper of your own heart, just as I am the GateKeeper of mine. It's up to you to receive, or reject the love God has stored up for each of us. We are equal (All of us) *man - woman - child* (Heirs of Gods kingdom). It is when we force our selfish will on others that we fall from His grace. The more we learn to love, the more the gates opens up for us; none can gain access to the Kingdom without love.

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  7. soleil10

    soleil10 New Member

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    Gatekeeper, here is what the Tree of life means to me:

    Proverbs 13:12 says, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life."

    Revelation 22:14 says, "Blessed are those who wash their robes [of sin and evil], that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates."

    These passages show that attaining the Tree of Life will lead to happiness for fallen man.
    Then, what is this Tree of Life, such that it was the hope of the Israelites of the Old Testament Age and the hope of the Christians of the New Testament Age?

    Genesis 3:22-24 says:" So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

    This shows that Adam desired to reach the Tree of Life, but because of his sin was not allowed to. Thus, the Tree of Life has remained an only a hope of fallen man.

    Then what was this Tree of Life, that hope of the growing, not-yet- perfected Adam? Could material possessions have been the basic hope of Adam in the Garden of Eden, or power, or any external concerns? Since he was to be lord of the cosmos and to rule all things, there was no reason for Adam to hope for more material possessions or power.

    If Adam had any deep wish while he was still unperfected, it would only have been to achieve his own perfection. In other words, his desire would have been to become a man of perfect character

    If Adam has not fallen and had attained the Ideal for the Creation, then he would have become the Tree of Life and he would have established the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, which is the garden of the Tree of Life.

    However, Adam fell, and God blocked his way to the Tree of Life with a flaming sword (Gen 3:24).

    Adam became a false tree of life and bore descendants who were false trees of life, thus establishing a garden of false trees of life, rather than the garden of the trees of life.

    Therefore, in order to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, which is the garden of the trees of life, a true Tree of Life must appear in the fallen world and engraft all mankind to himself.
    Knowing that the Tree of Life represents Adam, we can then understand that the Tree of Life in the Old Testament (Prov 13:12) represents Jesus (1 Cor 15:45), and the Tree of Life in the New Testament Book of Revelation (Rev 22:14) represents the returning Messiah.

    The purpose of the dispensation for salvation is to restore the Tree of Life that was lost in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:9) in the Tree of Life that is mentioned in the Book of Revelation (Rev 22:14).

    Inspired from the Divine Principle (Level 4)
     

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