People are quick to blame God when things go bad, even faulting him for having the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden because, being omniscient, he knew full well what would happen.
The reality is that the tree gave us freedom – defined as “the power to determine action without restraint.”
- Freedom is not being able to do whatever you want.
- Freedom is being able not to do actions being forced on you but acting within shared boundaries with your partner(s).
- Freedom is not being oppressed either from an outside force or an inner uncontrollable drive.
Without the opportunity to choose, provided by just one fruit tree, humans would have been drones, always under the control of our Creator. But God isn’t a control freak. In contrast to the bad guys, he doesn’t force anyone to submit to his control.
I often keep my granddaughter at my place. She has lots of creative activities at her disposal, and because the items for the activities are already stored in her play space, she doesn’t have to wait on me to give permission or resources. She has the freedom to chose if she wants to make “soups” or “cakes” from the ingredients in her kitchen cabinet, paint pictures, string jewelry, play with her dolls, or play Tornado Warning! Her products are highly imperfect – the soups are always inedible, only with Nana’s help are the cakes (but even then only to taste). The pictures are gross caricatures, the jewelry usually abandoned as being too tedious to continue, the dolls are never wearing coordinated clothes, and the living room is in complete disarray when she goes home. But the product is not what’s important, its the process of skill, personality and relationship development.
She says she loves being here with me, and I love having her here and our rapport. Neither one of us demands that we always get our own way, we dialogue. Our respect for each other rights and values is what gives her the freedom to choose a TV show, get a snack or piece of candy from the pantry without asking my permission, independently go into any room or the patio outside. Without this mutual respect, one or both of us become victims of the other’s tyranny, and the shared space becomes a place of torment or either or both of us.
Can you apply that to a relationship between God and humans? Freedom to choose is the only possible basis of a mutually agreed upon relationship.
We make choices because of the intended desired consequences.
Separation from Creator God’s authority – not only from oneself but from his authority over others who have malevolent intentions towards us – is plainly the unavoidable consequence of being one’s own authority.
God clearly stated this consequence when he introduced Adam to the tree.
“And the LORD God formed [hu]man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath / spirit of life, and [hu]man became a living being…of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it surely you shall die / become separated from the source of life .” (Genesis 2)
Not only does the same passage that defines life as God breathing life / his spirit into a human allow us to logically induce that death is God taking the breath / his spirit out of a human, this is frankly stated elsewhere.
“Remember now thy Creator…man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets…Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit / breath shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7)
In other words, the Singularity Creator formed our ancestor and brought him-her to life with his own spirit. Then he gave mankind the opportunity to choose.
- Stay linked in to his power and authority
- Or disconnect.
We can deduce from this primary premise that both desired and undesired consequences can result from choices we make. In Mrs. Adam’s case, it was discovering that
- humans are in fact powerless to sustain life by ourselves, and that
- we don’t know enough to be our own authority, but
- our only real choice is deciding which higher authority we will trust.
There is always the most basic toggle option to every decision we face:
- align our plans with the Creator’s / Author’s system design by doing things right – i.e. be right-eous,
- or not.
“if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve…the [old] gods which your fathers served…or the [new] gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: ” (Joshua 24:14-15)
Of all the choices we make in this life, the one that matters most is this one.
- I am going to acknowledge the fact of an ultimate powerful immortal Supreme Source of Life through
- the evidence provided in his creation,
- the provenance provided in his written word if I have it,
- the witnesses of his physical manifestation and resurrection if I have them,
- and submit to his authority in my life thereby placing myself under his protection now and in the hereafter as best I know how through the conscience given to every human being,
- or I am going to buy into the lie of the Adversary that I can be my own authority and achieve whatever I want out of life even if I violate God’s laws AKA sin against God.
The documentation of the first known occasion of rebellion against god committed by Lucifer provides a thesaurus of other words for sin.
- lifted up [with pride]
- defiled (Ezekiel 28:12-18)
Luciferianism is not a defined religion, but rather a belief system that admires and venerates the characteristics and personality traits exhibited by Lucifer [without necessarily venerating the person of Lucifer, such as Humanists] as represented in the literature and the various books of the Hebrew Bible…a character of enlightenment, independence, and progressiveness…
- taboos and social expectations should not hamper one from achieving his or her goals
- take pride in your accomplishments, flaunt the evidence of success
- delight in the so-called pleasures of the flesh.
- one is a member of an elite group in contrast to most people who are inferior to you
- disagree with subservience to a demanding and arbitrary god as practiced by faith systems
- there is no afterlife so make the most of what is here and now
- celebrate knowledge as the key to enlightenment and happiness in this life
- knowledge is fluid and subject to revision and change. [AKA “gaslighting.”]
Luciferians believe themselves to be motivated by independent thought…
- View human beings as gods—beings who have mastery of the planet.
- Reject dogmatic religion.
- Are antagonistic toward Christianity
No agency has done more to wipe out the significance of “sin” than Christianity with fundamentalists relegating sin to a list of behavioral does and don’ts and liberals updating what constitutes allowable social interactions from Puritanical or Victorian restrictions, selectively obeying the parts we like and ignoring the rest. The essential problem with transgressing God’s laws is that these are not, as some people claim, legal restrictions or arbitrary rules established by certain cultures which change over time as circumstances change.
God’s laws are natural laws, like gravity, established when he designed the universe. “A phenomenon of nature that has been proven to invariably occur whenever certain conditions exist or are met.”
We understand this process in the material world physics that we can observe, but this also applies to social and spiritual domains that are more or less hidden. Can we not extrapolate the same point of view that human actions within these domains cannot break these laws without causing chaos and inevitable destruction. Conflict within the social domain is an obvious result of breaking social contracts, is it not?
Unless counteracted, unchecked transgressions of established rights and natural boundaries protecting the various elements of Creation results in ever-spreading chaos and ultimate utter destruction. Current scientists are saying exactly the same thing. We humans are destroying our ecology, our social interdependency, our ability to survive as a civilization and even our own selves through our refusal to sacrifice our self-indulgence to promote the welfare and sheer existence of our interdependent social and physically sustaining world.
This is sin, a disruption in the “right-ness” of that person’s relationship / connection to Creator/Sustainer God and others and the natural world, which spreads and contaminates every dimension, not just moral. Anyone who has experienced a relationship breakdown should be able to personalize this concept to their own life. There is much more than a cessation of relationship with the ex-spouse – there is loss of time and experiences with children during split custody, loss of financial security, loss of shared friends, loss of a home, and it goes on and on, loss of emotional stability, loss of physical health. Then there are the effects felt by the children, and family members, and friends, and school associates, and work colleagues, and…
Knowing and following spiritual laws that define the right way vs the wrong way to act, like knowing and following the laws of physics that define stable vs unstable processes, prevents chaos and saves lives.
We understand this is auto mechanics – to keep the car running we must replenish the gas in the tank, oil in the engine, air in the tires. The same idea is expressed in business, social work, ecology, politics, etc. as Systems Theory.
In systems theory, it is argued that the only way to fully understand something is to understand the parts in relation to the whole. Systems thinking concerns an understanding of a system by examining the linkages and interactions between the elements that compose the entire system. By taking the overall system as well as its parts into account this paradigm offers us fresh insight that is not accessible through the more traditional reductionist approach.
The opposite of Systems Theory is Chaos Theory.
What about you? Do you like having a good life, being productive, meeting your goals and having your plans come to fruition?
“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love / identify with, unite with the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with…the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ…This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
- If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light…the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
- If we say that we have no sin,
- we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- If we confess our sins,
- he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- If we say that we have not sinned,
- we make him a liar, and his word is not in us…these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
- And if any man sin,
- we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our [sons of God] sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
- if we keep his commandments
- hereby we do know that we know him / are one with him / have fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ
Every reference in the Bible to commandments and law is not about the law of Moses. Long before God made a particular covenant with the descendants of Jacob / nation of Israel there were basic laws of holiness – perfection in relationship.
“after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil…For there is no respect of persons with God. For when the Gentiles…do by nature the things contained in the law…shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” (Romans 2:14-15)
These are built into human conscience with at least the common sense awareness that trouble will follow misbehavior.
- Cain knew that it was a sin to murder. (Genesis 4:8-9)
- Ham knew it was a sin to watch pornography and exploit the vulnerable. (Genesis 9:20-25)
- Pharaoh knew it was a sin to take another man’s wife. (Genesis 12:9-19)
God responded to Lucifer’s sin by decreeing destruction by fire.
“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41)
This was not out of petty revenge, but to cauterize the damage. No doubt, if not contained, Lucifer is powerful and spiteful enough to generate a world-destroying black hole.
And no doubt Lucifer expected the same fate to befall humans.