Wednesday, July 19, 2017

All Is Not Lost

   Now the great rescue is put in place. Man has sinned. that is, sin is disobedience to God's command. Adam and Eve had been told not to eat of that tree. And they had.
   And the outcome was death or separation from God. No longer could they have fellowship with Him. God is too holy and pure. Man lost his innocence. He was not to have learned evil that way.
   That did not mean he lost the image. That got bent and distorted. From now on when ever he was to try to conceive of God he would sense something greater and wish to make contact, but he would be unable to. So he would make images of what he conceived this god in his image to be.
    God wanted to restore to man what he had in the garden. In fact God--, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,  had the solution already prepared, They had discussed this among themselves long before creation.
     It would take the death of an innocent, sinless, creature. In the long run, God Himself would die on the cross for the sins of mankind. But at this point , since man was not able to fellowship with Him, God had to slowly work within history to woo mankind back to Him.
    It was through blood that man could even attempt to approach God now. God  Himself killed an innocent creature to clothe Adam and Eve before He drove them out of the garden. He instructed Adam and Eve that a sacrifice was needed to  approach Him. Each and every time.
     You see, God had given man something called free will. That meant he  could choose to obey or not  That is what the thing in the garden was all about. Man used his free will to not obey God. And men today do the same thing.
     So, how are you doing? The story continues. Since this is a doctrine blog now  for, I don't know how long,hang in there. More cool doctrines to come. And you can still comment to me and I will attempt to clarify for you .

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Great Divide

    This is now the fourth installment. We have God having created. We have man. We have the  animals. We have the garden.
    This is not the place to discuss sexuality. That will come in a later doctrinal discussion on humanity. This section--and I don't yet know how many more-- is on creation. I guess we should look at why God and man separated fellowship.
     In the last posting I said God created man innocent or capable of learning for himself what he needs to know. That means part of God's image consists in knowing things.
      It is not my plan to explain God's image. I don't know exactly all it is. But our ability to communicate must also be a part of that image.
      So, what happened that God and man naturally no longer walk and talk together?
      I call it a great divide.
      To do that I must insert another doctrine here. All doctrine is interconnected.
       Still I am talking about creation.
       God also created angels. Angels are God's messengers. They were created to do nothing but glorify their creator. It was a vast number. He created them in ranks or divisions with each rank having a special job. God must have given them in the beginning the ability to choose where they wished to serve. The Bible says that one called Lucifer became prideful and thought himself independent. He somehow got a third of the angels to agree with him and they opposed God's authority. So Lucifer got thrown out of heaven and the other angels who followed him also were cast out.
     Lucifer and his angels were thrown to earth. Lucifer because Satan (Accuser) and his angels became demons.
     They watched as God created man.
      They heard what God told Adam and Eve, the two innocent humans--"Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree,  in which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed..."  for they had watched as God created all the trees-- also the tree of life in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told them to eat of every tree in the garden except for that one which was in the midst.
        It was a test of obedience
        Satan saw a way he could get God to throw man out of the garden and separate Himself from them, just as he had separated Himself from fellowship with him.
         Get them to doubt God and disobey a command.
          And it worked. He went after the woman. He figured, rightly, that the man loved the woman so much he would follow in the disobedience.
           And God did throw them out of the garden. But not before leaving a way open to restore fellowship--something He did not do for the angels.         
           This means there will be some more posts.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Then Along Comes Man


  Now we move along to God's crown jewel of creation.
   It was good that God created planets and stars and choose one planet to populate.
   The highest peak of His creation was man. Why? Because only man was created in the image of God. Man was created to have a relationship with his Creator.
    We read that God walked and talked with man in the garden. Man had all he needed or wanted.
     Man was created innocent. Innocent in the area of being a blank slate. He had nothing to distance himself from his Creator.
     God, as a loving creator met man's needs.
      Being created in the image of God he was like a child just learning. God was sort of a parent. man was the child. God said here was one thing man was not to do. To test man's obedience God said in love that there was one thing man must not do. "Of all the tress in the garden you shall eat. But of the tree in the middle of the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you are forbidden to eat-- or on the day you do so you shall no longer be able to fellowship with me.
      All went well, Until that day which will be covered In the next post.
      God wants fellowship. He wants a relationship. That relationship was broken. Man was the one who broke it, not God.
       The image was bent and man sought a relationship in other things, not God.
       Just trying to make you wish to read the next post. See you there.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Show Begins

  Before there was anything, there was God. The first verse in Genesis states, in the beginning God created. He didn't need a big bang. All He needed was the spoken word. All came into being because He spoke it out.
   All the stars we see through a telescope-- all the things we see trough a microscope-- God made them by a word.
   The land we walk on--the air we breathe. All spoken into existence by God.
   The animals we see even us.. spoken into existence by God. 
    And humans are special. The Bible says God created Adam and Eve and blew into them life. This was a way of saying, God shared some of Himself with us. What is called the image. It is not physical. Since God is spirit, it was something to do with spirit.
    We read Adam and Eve had daily fellowship with God. They walked together, is the way the scriptures put it.
     Why we don't walk with God today will be covered in the next post.