Let’s consider original sin for a moment. The apple was eaten, God enters the garden and asks the couple why they are wearing fig leaves to cover themselves. Now it isn’t like God didn’t know what was on the minds of our two Eden dwellers but the dialog was to point out that something dramatic had changes from the beauty of innocence to a broken knowledge. There was now a barrier between Him and them. The barrier was the knowledge of shame.
Throughout the ages, the Bible reveals the hopes and corruption of the human race. We are given instruction by prophets who tell the people that goodness is the goal, not wealth, not power, even wisdom can be twisted, but a relationship with the true and living God is the direction of fulfillment.
Now a man-god comes onto the scene. Ordinary in appearance and contrary to the traditions of the culture he is to guide. This part of God becomes man and moves among us. After teaching us to love, is murdered, just like the prophets sent before him. As this man departs this earth, among other things, he takes shame upon himself and just like the shame revealed in the story of Eden, is separated from the divine as part of his mission to restore innocence and a relationship that is so original that any person can come before God directly, without priests, or church or tradition.
Easter is the time we consider the actions and consequences of a God who restores divine relationship.
There is a good way to read the Bible and there is a bad way to read the Bible. What?… a bad way to read the good book? Indeed there is.
One method of learning and understanding of the Good Book, is to read several chapters a day. Within a year you have the whole Bible read. Sorry, this is a sloppy learning technique. The chapters might end mid-idea, from one chapter to another. Let’s take Romans Chapter 1. Let’s say you read the first chapter and then put it down and go bed. You have just lost the whole point of where Paul is going with his ideas. You end up thinking that maybe God wants you to kill your children because they are disobedient, right? After all, a child’s disobedience should be met with death since they’re actions are an abomination before the Lord. Romans 1 is Paul’s intro into the whole concept of grace. Read the entire letter, again and again. It will astound you.
The fact is, Paul wrote the text to be read like a letter, without breaks of chapter and verse. The history of the breakup of the Bible is found at: http://www.bible-researcher.com/chapter-verse.html. When we read the Bible the way it was intended, we glean more of the spirit of what was intended. When we break it up, and some ministers are taught in theological school by professors that do this very thing, we get bad teaching that promotes all kinds of crazy thinking.
Paul said in 2 Timothy 2: 15-
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christc] depart from iniquity.”
Today the Christian Ethics Foundation officially starts.
I hope you will take the time to read our mission and our posts. I am interesting in forming a true open and loving community that adds and helps rather than takes and controls. The direction is the teachings of Jesus. All faiths are welcome to this community.
Let’s get started and feel free to communicate.
Is God’s love really unconditional? Why do we put expectations on one another that are unrealistic? Jesus spoke of lust and told us that if we look upon a woman with lust, we have already committed adultery. Just a fact to indicate to all of us that we have all committed adultery in our hearts and under the law deserve death. The point of this is to understand that under the law we are all guilty and deserve death. Still want to point fingers? How do you feel about grace as on option now?