19) Lust Kills. Love Dies.

 

Lucifer can’t actually win the competition that he set in motion, but he doesn’t have to.  As has been so well demonstrated in politics, he only has to destroy the opposition.  And God placed the weapon in Satan’s hands when he placed forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden.

All Lucifer had to do to was convince two guileless human beings to eat the fruit.  And for that, all he had to do was tell a lie.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)

The fundamental lie, perpetrated by religion and science since time began, is that humans don’t need connection to Almighty Creator and Sustainer Singularity God – godhood is intrinsic to the self. Humans only need to learn how to access their godhood to transcend human limitations and gain access to hyper dimensional power and immortality.

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman…God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.” (Genesis 3:1-6)

60a59f277e03213a1ea223eb484e673d.jpgImagine Adam’s horror when he saw his wife after she was affected by her substance use. Like God, he had the ability to see that she was naked, i.e. exposed – her changed nature was observable. This image of before and after methamphetamine use gives an idea of what Adam might have seen, what God certainly sees, and what ministers in God’s kingdom can ask God to open their eyes to see – the nature of everyone who is spiritually the “walking dead”, mindlessly straining to lay hold on an illusory source of life.

Then Adam eats the fruit.

“and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Genesis 3:6)

in full knowledge that he is losing his splendor, his immortality, and laying down his life.

“…Adam was not deceived…” (I Timothy 2:14)

Why would he do that?

This is when time, as mortal humans understand and experience it, begins. 

The Hindu religion, which preserves the most comprehensive and oldest accounts of the activities of the gods from this time period, confirms this. In Hinduism…Kala means both time and death. From a spiritual perspective time exists when we are in a state of duality, but disappears when we enter in the state of unity with God.

When God asks him for an explanation, Adam is often accused of blame-shifting to his wife, but that interpretation is undoubtedly a result of our habitual use of projection, the defense mechanism in which we attribute our unacceptable thoughts and attitudes to others. It’s a reflection of our own sin nature.

There is another explanation.

While The Lord of the Rings falls short of being a completely accurate biblical allegory, it does bring to life a host of biblical concepts, including this one in which an immortal being chooses mortality, out of love.

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“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone…And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:18-24)

“[H]e which made them at the beginning made them [identically both] male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh [taking on each other’s characteristics]. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:5-6)

Consider a straightforward biblical interpretation of Adam’s response, one in which Adam acts on his God-given responsibility for the woman. He simply obeys God’s word to leave his father and mother – which in his case is God – and cleave to his wife.  

  • “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me” – The woman you entrusted to my care, for whom I am responsible
  • “she gave me of the tree” – she already had it and was doomed
  • “and I did eat” – I couldn’t leave her alone, we are one flesh.

Adam was faithful to his promise to care for his wife. This man did not “put asunder”, even though it cost him his life.

Surely we recognize the parallels in Walt Disney’s Snow White, where the vain ruler who wants to be supreme in the land uses a poisoned fruit to kill the rival young woman, who is however brought back to life by the man who loves her, sharing the poison by a kiss to her lips.

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In Adam’s courageous willingness to die for his wife, he demonstrated the supreme likeness that mankind alone shares with God.

Love.

If a tree falls in the forest and there is no-one to hear it, is there sound? If God is loving but there is no-one to experience it, does it exist?

When God created humans with self-will who had to overcome selfishness for the benefit of others, he created the potential to love.

Every loving parent should grasp this intuitively. We choose to have children, disrupting and even risking our lives, because we want to experience love with them. It is through human love culminating in childbearing that salvation was brought, not only to the first woman, but to the whole world.

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth [is united with] God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.“(I John 4:7-11)

titanic_jack_rose_waterIn the hugely popular movie Titanic, Jack’s love for Rose is proved, not by his admiration and desire for her, but by giving his life for her. The best and brightest aspects of God’s character can only be perceived in his actions towards humans, and in the actions of his children that reflect their likeness to him.

And it is by the same action –  choosing to die out of love – that the first human proved his likeness to God, grand-slamming anything brilliant Lucifer could show.

The following New Testament passage about Jesus Christ is validated, affirmed, proven trustworthy by the first son of God’s actions.

Marriage is honourable in all…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that WE may boldly say, The Lord is MY helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me…Yeshua Messiah / Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:4-8)

Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends [intimate acquaintances]…For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners [like the woman in the Garden of Eden], The Promised One / Christ died for us [like Adam].” ( John 15:13, Romans 5:7-8)

The following dogma, claimed as uniquely Christian, is just as fully applicable to the first mortal human.

I am crucified with YHVH’s Chosen One / Messiah/ / Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but YHVH’s Anointed / Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

  • Adam also “was the son of God” (Luke 3:38).
  • Adam was YHVH’s first Chosen One, the alternate being an angel.
    • O LORD, our Lord…who hast set thy glory above the heavens….What is man, that thou art mindful of him?…For thou hast…crowned him with glory… Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands.” (Psalm 8)
    • For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world…But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Hebrews 2:5-6)
  • Adam redeemed the woman from the curse of utter isolation, AKA death, when he joined her in the judgment of the law, including the experience of death and expulsion from the Garden of Eden to a desperate struggle for survival. He willingly chose to share the tree-connected, AKA crucifixion, death curse with the first fallen human.
    • And the LORD God commanded the man, saying…of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
    • if a man…be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;).” (Deuteronomy 21:22-23)
    • The Chosen One / Messiah / Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” (Galatians 3:13)
  • Adam lived in his wife through the unity he chose to experience with her physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Most of all, his change from immortality to mortality allowed the two original humans to reproduce into countless generations of children extending, in a new modality, the life of the original parents.
    • “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived…And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living..” (Genesis 4:1, 3:20)
    • “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” (Colossians 3:19)
  • Adam gave his life in both in death and the new man he became. It was only through him that the faithless, gullible woman had a life – connection to necessary physical, emotional, and spiritual resources. The first Adam is the prototype for all mortal humans whose “life which I now live in the flesh I live [not by my faith but] by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Adam knew the consequences when he chose to join his wife in death, and it was his faith that his Father / Mother Creator would be faithful to his word to grant dominion to mankind that empowered him to face death, sure that the source of all life would be able and willing to override death.
    • Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord…my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell…Thou wilt shew me the path of life.” (Psalm 16)

To make a likeness is to give function for something to do. Think of Frankenstein’s creature. This may seem irreverent, but it is a significant comparison.

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God gave functions to all his creatures, things to do like give light, be productive, multiply, etc. but only to mankind did he give the function of having dominion. In order to do this, mankind has to do more than take action, we have to take initiative. Mankind is not a military grunt or robot with preprogrammed responses to circumstances.

With this background, we can understand that Adam’s ultimate likeness to God in love came into existence when Adam took the initiative to act out of consideration for his wife’s welfare instead of his own.

In this light, God was not stupid or cruel when he placed the fateful tree in the garden of Eden.  He was giving his son the opportunity to become like him, by choosing to exercise his freedom of choice by copying his behavior.  Lucifer had the same opportunity to increase his likeness to God.  He only had to gracefully agree to put humanity’s welfare above his own. But he didn’t.

God’s choice of humble humanity was vindicated by Adam’s decision to eat the fruit and die.

“…Adam…is the figure of him that was to come [the Savior].” (Romans 5:14)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Yahweh’s Chosen Savior / Messiah Yeshua / Christ Jesus and Adam: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” (Colossians 3:19)

“Husbands, love your wives, even as The Promised One / Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Messiah / Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:25-32)

Let’s rephrase that, putting Adam in the action.

Husbands, love your wives, even as the first Adam also loved his wife, and gave himself for her, that he might take away the corruption caused by her action, wiped clean of decay by the power of the word that gave life in the first place, that he might present her to himself a glorious wife restored to perfection.  For this cause Adam separated himself from his heavenly Father, and joined himself to his wife by eating the fruit and experiencing death with her, so they could continue to be united, have the same flesh. This is a great mystery, that is revealed as the story progresses.

Sounds heretical?  According to the Bible, that is exactly what happened as the story progressed. Again, put Adam in the action.

  • For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: [Adam stayed one with his wife – by sharing her death],
  • for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren [family][Adam could have repudiated his wife and declared himself too good to identify with her],
  • Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren / family, in the midst of the congregation of believers / church will I sing praise unto thee. [Can you not imagine Adam reassuring his wife that “I love you, and I’ll never turn my back on you.” I’m not asking you to speak from experience, mind. Maybe from a movie or romance novel…
  • And again, I will put my trust in him.  [Can you not imagine Adam reassuring his wife that “Our Father will fix this, I don’t know how but I know he will]
  • And again, Behold I and the children [of God, family] which God hath given me. [We’ll still be able to multiply, we’ll have children, I’m sure of it.]
  • Forasmuch then as the [human] children [of God] are partakers of flesh and blood, he [Adam / Jesus Christ] also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 
  • And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:11-15)

That should send chills down your spine.  This fragile, childishly innocent human countered the most powerful, evil monster in the universe in his first move, simply by choosing to act according to the word of God, even to apparent failure, to death! – instead of leaning on his own understand or acting on his own self interests.

Did he know how his action would send shock waves through the universe? Undoubtedly, no.  The opposite of “knowledge is power” is “faith is power,” where faith is simply trusting that what God said is true and acting on that instead of a calculated likelihood of achieving desired results.

Adam knew only that God had given him a companion who he was committed to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance.  The love of God is what overcomes the power of evil.

It’s that simple.

  • “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to his purpose…
  • to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
  • Moreover…them he also…justified: and…glorified.
  • What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?…
  • Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?
  • …Who is he that condemneth?…
  • Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
  • For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers…nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Yahweh’s Chosen Savior / Messiah Yeshua / Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28-39)

The first rule of war is “know your enemy.” Lucifer miscalculated both Adam’s and God’s responses.  They both acted out of love and mercy, and used their power for the benefit of others. Lucifer couldn’t anticipate Adam’s love for his wife and God’s love for his children because he doesn’t know love.

In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil…he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” (I John 3:10-11)

In the classic passage defining love, notice that every aspect is defined as a behavior. Love is not a quality that can be bestowed or inherited, like royalty.  We become loving only through our chosen responses to challenges.  

Cultural historian Warren Susman researched the rise and fall of the concept of character, tracing its prevalence in literature and the self-improvement manuals and guides popular in different eras…During the 1800s, “character was a key word in the vocabulary of Englishmen and Americans,”…Young people were…told that character was the most priceless thing they could ever attain. Starting at the beginning of the 20th century, however, Susman found that the ideal of character began to be replaced by that of personality

The vision of self-sacrifice began to yield to that of self-realization,”…the new advice manuals concentrated on what others thought he was and did…A great example of this is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People from 1936. It focused on how to get people to like you and how to get others to perceive you well versus trying to improve your actual inner moral compass…

The etymology of character is quite telling. The word comes from the Greek kharakter for “engraved mark,”…Anciently, a character was the stamp or marking impressed into wax and clay, and as Henry Clay Trumbull explains in 1894’s Character-Shaping and Character-Showing, it served as:

“… trade-mark, of the potter, the painter, the sculptor, the writer, or any other artist or artisan, or inventor, as indicative of the personality of the maker…”

“Character is…nature cultured and disciplined, so that natural tendencies are brought under the sway of the moral motive…

Above all, [character] includes a choice, a settled habit or bent of will, so that it can be seen in its outcome in conduct…

The one quality most associated with character in the nineteenth century was self-mastery – the dominion of an individual over his impulses and desires, so that he was in control of them, and not the other way around. A man of self-mastery embodies the kingship of self-control and can direct his will and make his own choices, rather than being a slave to his base impulses.

David, the human archetype King of Israel and dynastic founder of YHVH’s Anointed King over all the earth, exemplifies the development of the ability to exercise dominion over others through the development of self-control.

“And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt? Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD‘s anointed. Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand.” (I Samuel 24:9-11)

The penultimate YHVH’s Anointed had to go through this same developmental process before he was made the King of the World.

“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.” Luke 22:41-43)

When Adam faced a choice to respond to his wife’s crisis, he freely chose to act for the benefit of his wife, at the expense of his own welfare, even to death. By this act of love he began to develop God’s likeness, and it was only by mastering his own domain that he began to develop the ability to have dominion over anything else.

As he inadvertently did again later in the Garden of Gethsemane, instead of wrecking God’s plan in the Garden of Eden, Satan actually became the agent to realize God’s plan – by providing choices.

The reason bad things happen to good people is that we are interdependent, so we are affected for good or ill by the choices made by our family, employers, politicians, etc.  But the circumstances imposed by others aren’t what define us. Our responses to circumstances – good and bad – transforms who we are becoming throughout our lifetime, until the point of death in which we are locked into our eternal destiny.

Marty Money is Measure of Man ChoicesAdults become increasingly more other- or self- centered throughout our lives as we choose to sacrifice one of two options: self-indulgence or others’ needs. We more or less loving or hateful, educated or illiterate, wise or foolish,  righteous or wicked by the choices we make in response to the experiences we face. The evidence of how we relate to others becomes apparent in the relationships we nurture or pursue, and can most easily be recognized through caring for the vulnerable and powerless members of society in positions like underpaid teachers, nurses, social workers, and unpaid parents versus one’s pursuit of wealth, power or social admiration in business, politics, religion or entertainment.

No doubt we have all experienced the torment of losing a battle because we did the right thing. Whatever Adam’s honorable intentions and motivation, because he ate the fruit his nature became corrupted just like his wife’s. He was also subject to the law of sin and death, and Satan did edge his way into leadership of the kingdom of heaven and earth.

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

But one battle does not a war win.  Every human being has the opportunity to choose to believe in the love of God, or the lies of the devil. Every human being has the opportunity, by faith in God’s promises, to be transformed into the image and likeness of God. Every human being has the opportunity to choose to become a son of God and expand God’s righteous kingdom into his / her territory by trusting in God’s word as the basis for making decisions and taking action.

It is only by transforming into the image and likeness of God that we can fulfill our destiny to take dominion. The fundamental principles of dominion are given in the very first chapter of the Bible.

1) Be fruitful, i.e. be productive. Be a good worker. Make good things happen, in both the earthly and the heavenly/spiritual domains.  Interestingly, God gave this same instruction to animals.

“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful..

Life on planet earth is interconnected in what is called the biosphere.  We all depend on every species being fruitful in good works in their particular niche such as trees producing oxygen and flowers, and bees pollinating flowers and making honey, and bears breathing oxygen and eating honey, and microorganisms aiding digestion in intestinal tracts and…  (It does make you wonder how evolution could happen in such an interdependent system…)  In any case, we all suffer when any single element of the ecosystem is harmed.

Most representations of the man and woman in the Garden of Eden picture them wandering around aimlessly.  That’s not what the Bible says.  Anyone who has ever been put in charge of anything can tell you that it is hard work. Being fruitful, or working hard, is just as much a New Testament command as it was an Old Testament command.  And in my experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, personal accomplishments are essential to good mental health.

“…walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)

“For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” (II Thessalonians 3:7-15)

2) Multiply, i.e. procreate to continue God’s creation of mankind.  Again, God gave the same instructions to animals.  It is entirely possible that God only made prototypes of the animals, just as he only made prototypes of humans, or that so many were destroyed during every evening’s blitz that they had to be bred back from the edge of extinction.

“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying…multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare…” (Genesis 4:1)

We also multiply spiritually.

“I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.  For though ye have ten thousand instructors in The Chosen One / Messiah / Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Yahweh’s Appointed Savior / Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.” (I Corinthians 4:14-16)

3) Replenish the earth, i.e. engage in activities to fill up the earth. Based on these instructions, which are identical to those given to Noah after the flood wiped out the rest of humanity and animals, it seems that, indeed, a massive catastrophe killed off most of the first creations.

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Genesis 9:1)

And he [Jacob] said unto him [Laban], Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me. For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude.” (Genesis 30:29-30)

4) Subdue the earth.  To subdue is to bring under control.

“For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.” (Psalm 18:39)

Everyone has a piece of territory to subdue – our own bodies.  Biochemical cravings for sex, drugs, food, even the desire to just laze around instead of getting to work, have to be battled by everyone.

“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (I Corinthians 9:27)

It is not until we accomplish all of the above steps that we can in reality have dominion in any arena, as small as our body and as large as the universe.

  1. Work hard and be productive
  2. Multiply – expand the workforce so more can be accomplished
  3. Replenish or fill the territory with new life
  4. Subdue the resistance, the obstacles to having dominion

In God’s kingdom, to have dominion means to lovingly care for those entrusted to us.

Too often we equate “dominion” with “dominate.” Too many leaders are psychopaths whose idea of power is to transform free men and women into slaves and sycophants by instilling fear through oppression, abuse, death and destruction.  

It’s easy to hate and compel.  It takes real power to love and create new life. It’s easy to isolate from people and exploit them as subjects. It takes real power to engage in relationship and and to transform fearful oppressed peoples into free and successful men and women through role modeling forgiveness, kindness, and support of their personal growth and development.

It’s easy for religions to demand women to submit to male authority, and many women do tolerate abuse to maintain access to the basic necessities of life. That’s not what the Bible teaches.  It’s rare to find men who will sacrifice their prerogatives and advantages to meet the needs of their companions like Adam and Jesus Christ did.

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of GodWives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, even as The Chosen One/Messiah/Christ also loved the congregation of believers / church, and gave himself for it…So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church / congregation of believers.” (Ephesians 5:21-29)

supermanA key concept to understand is that having dominion over the earth, wielding that much awesome power, is inextricably linked with having the image (appearance) and likeness (attributes) of God.  This abstract concept is expressed in the costumes that must be put on by Superman and others like him before acting on their superpowers.

Dominion is often designated to heirs long before possession is actually taken of the estate (physical possessions as well as immaterial power and authority), waiting for the maturity of the heir.

“Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.” (Galatians 4:1-2)

“God…hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things…unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom…But now we see not yet all things put under him.” (Hebrews 1:1-38; 2:8)

Notice that dominion isn’t granted to all children.  Only the ones who mature into the likeness of the father, expressed as unity with the Father by acting as they know their father would act, are empowered to take dominion over others. This applies to both good and evil rulers.

Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch. [You can hear the rising outrage in his voice and see the intense glare in his eyes as he switches to the first person in denouncing the offender.] Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.” (Genesis 49:3-7)

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)” (I Tim 3:2-5)

s_apprentice_1270.jpgMickey Mouse amusingly demonstrates the reality that power gets out of control when wielded by an unqualified individual.  We qualify to rule when we develop God’s likeness, or attributes, of right-eousness, doing the right thing.  Like Mickey Mouse, when things aren’t done right, chaos and destruction result.  We’ve experienced this through bad cooking, driving accidents, relationship breakdowns, and major disasters regardless of the intention to do good or bad.  Just extrapolate what kind of damage can be caused universe-wide by someone who doesn’t function in the full knowledge and understanding of the truth.

The ultimate source of power can only be the Singularity Creator, who designed, put into action and maintains the laws of physics, converts energy to matter and matter like physical bodies to energy like hyper dimensional spirit bodies, and transmits life energy into lifeless objects like at resurrection.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men…as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name / attribute of Creator” (John 1:1-12)

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