God created the world and called it very good. He was very pleased with all that was made. God placed man into a garden within the world and told them to be fruitful and multiply.
There wasn’t much to go on, only that all things were good, and a tree in the middle of the garden, God said not to eat of it, lest ye die.
I have come to know that I am the garden, and right in the middle of me is a tree (a type of growing entity) that holds the truths of great choices. Wrong choices that can cause great destruction.
We can accept the simple direction of enjoying all that is created; get up in the morning, have breakfast with the family, head to work, enjoy the evening with the family, sleep in peace, have a vacation now and then, etc.
We can become like those who want more. Not just to create more, or to love more, but to control more by controlling more people. These are the ways of men who are not content with the gift of living on this beautiful earth. They want more at great cost.
Most people would be content to get up each day and live within life, grow older, enjoy their children and then grandchildren and pass on into eternity.
But there are those who must partake of the tree of knowledge every morning, and throughout the day, of all types of choices both good and bad in the name of control and greed.
So one day, God sends a flood according to the Bible and wipes most of these people from the face of the earth, as though to say, “ok, lets try this again. Free choice is the tree that grows within your being. But look around you and enjoy the earth and all that is in it.”
So we gravitate toward goodness by giving into a simple life and what I call living within the flow of God, or we go against it by making choices with our tree of knowledge to control others to get what we want.
Beliefs come into existence sprung from the heart of the tree in the middle of each persons garden that then caused him to go to war. Is there a greater control than the people behind war? Like little babies wanting milk they cry and fuss until they get their way. Only they kill and destroy those who only want to live in peace within the flow of God.
Kings are raised and kingdoms fall. More power, more and more of the tree of knowledge being used to do the very things God sent a flood to wipe clean. I don’t really know if God sent a flood, I lean on the side that God does not partake in the same sick behaviours of men. I do know that man conceives such ideas about God out of anger and hate for others. But that is beside the point here.
So after all this, the pharisees of the Bible, men of many rules and what is true righteousness according to them, are fighting once again for their place in authority. Ruling over the masses, scheming up ways to frighten the simple to pay for their “sinful” ways. Masters of shame, perfectionists in the ways of spiritual matters, they would say.
So Jesus comes to earth, and even others like the Buddah before him teaching of simple ways. To love one another. To live in peace. To “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” There is no control in this thinking. It is if Jesus is saying, resist the tree that grows within you. Get up each day and just enjoy all that God is. With everything that makes up your being, live within the flow of God.
So then time passes, and life moves on once again and people, rulers of kingdoms and soon to be bishops and priests (control freaks driven only by the tree of knowledge within their hearts), set out again to fight over their beliefs of what Jesus and others within the scriptures really said. (Like the theme of loving God and others needs interpretation.)
Well some of the scrolls are deemed “inspired by God” while others are not, and discarded. Men making these choices and through their erroneous ways convince many of their version of “what is right”. Well this does nothing other than anger people of other religions and who their God is, and the time for war is once again the tool of choice to remedy these “problems” conceived by overactive imaginations.
So here we are from the beginning of time, still fighting, still doing our best to prove our ways are right. Even the simple, who want nothing more than to enjoy life find themselves choosing sides, and willing to fight because they too are convinced that their beliefs are paramount in their life, using them as a means to justify their love for God.
When Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”, he did not define God. So maybe to each of us in our perception of who God is, is how we are to love Him. That would certainly adhere to a more expansive view.
Tens of thousands have died fighting over their idea of who God is. Think about that. Let me ask you this question. “Would you feel safer being able to define God, or do you feel safer knowing you could never even begin to define God?”
I think Jesus was saying, “Love the creator by loving all of His creation, enjoy life and others with all of your heart, with your soul do as you desire, with all your mind conceive of great things, and with your strength build to make living on earth better and better. Oh, and in all of your ways, do it to benefit your neighbor as you do for yourself.”
So the next time you make a choice, ask yourself if this is coming from a simple place of enjoying the gift of life, or from the tree of knowledge that God Himself planted in the middle of your heart which allows free choice.