Sunday, July 16, 2017
The Great Divide
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.