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Without freedom an intelligent creature would never realize its potential. It would wither in whatever state that it existed. Theoretically, intelligent life could have been created without freewill, but wouldn’t that be just another form of slavery?

That wasn’t God’s intention. In his sovereign will, besides giving life to us, God has given freedom and freewill. The angels that God created before us have freedom of will. The extremes to which we take these gifts are of our own choosing, and we will eventually have to answer to God for them.

Since every human being now possesses potential for both good and evil, freedom without constraints becomes impossible. While it is possible, at least for a while, to be blissfully unaware of the limits, freedom can’t exist for long outside certain perimeters. Beyond a certain point it trespasses, trampling the rights of others, and becomes a breeding ground for oppression. Every kind of oppressive government then arises from the smoke.

God has endured man as we’ve experimented with all these things. He would have led us right all along, but we chose to experiment. We (Adam and Eve) chose the Tree of Science (scientia, or knowledge) instead of believing God. We’ve taught our children (mankind) conflicting versions of ethics. We either hold too tightly, or we allow too much, and can never keep our balance all the way.

Each generation tends to assert their right to eat of whatever knowledge or experience that seems forbidden, and to decide right and wrong for themselves. They think they are free to define God, knowledge, truth, love, marriage, and the limits of freedom.

In reality only God can correctly define these things. God sees the complete picture and the cause and effect of everything. He sees how far the ripples from our little movements go. That which we happen to learn from the tree of knowledge comes to us hard way, and most of the lessons learned from history seem to be lost within a few generations.

Then man has to start all over again. Abuse of freedom inevitably leads to the loss of freedoms, and that is where America is being led today. Secular society does not believe that man will destroy the world, and God must let the world see for itself. Instead of furthering the cause of freedom, Secularism is closing the door on freedom. God is as the song says, the “author of liberty.” In Luke 4:18, one of the reasons Jesus gave for his coming to this world is, “…to set at liberty them that are bruised.” God is love (1st. John 4:8), and God is freedom (2nd. Corinthians 3:17).

Insight into humanities captive state of mind is found scattered throughout the Script. The following comments are excerpts from various translations and paraphrases of Romans 1:21-25. When mankind knew God, they didn’t regard him with respect. They became thankless, and vain in their imagination. Professing themselves to be wise, they became foolish (a natural result of eating from the tree of knowledge is believing that we are the highest form of intelligence, Genesis 3:1-6).

They abandoned the idea of being created in the image of the immortal God and made idols modeled after themselves and other creatures (Romans 1:23 is also a prophecy about evolutionary thinking). They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and God let go of them.

When God lets go, we do not fall into freedom, but farther and farther away. A loosening of God’s hand doesn’t yet mean that we’ve reached the point of no return, but we don’t know where that point is. How can God let this world go on? How can God just put an end to it? God is between a rock and a hard place, or in another manner of speaking, torn on a cross between the two.

God is continually intervening in ways we don’t see, making the best that can be made of the situations we create. The Lord is holding on for that last child of freedom. When the children of this world no longer have the freedom to become children of God, there won’t be sufficient reason for the world to endure any longer. The world is screaming for God to let go, and eventually, he will let it go.

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Throughout the Script, there’s use of symbolism relating to trees. I’ve already written about the Tree of Knowledge which represents the sum of all possible knowledge, whether true or false, good or evil. It is certainly a tree you could get lost in. I’ve also written about the Tree of Life, which is related in biblical symbolism to the cross of Jesus (Ref. The Tree of Life in my February 2012 archives).

Modern man continues to build upon the symbolism. Evolutionism borrowed the term “Tree of Life,” to represent the imaginary transformation of one form of life into another. Evolutionists strive to control education (The Tree of Knowledge) in order to affect what most of earth’s inhabitants believe. Evolutionary thinking is one of the most effective tools of modern social engineering.

The idea of a genealogical Family Tree also has its origins in the Bible. Here and there among the leaves of the Script, you can gather information on the family tree of man. When studied along with data from other histories, the origins of certain groups of people can be traced.

The primary purpose of biblical genealogy is to give us the bloodline of the “Seed” of the woman (Genesis 3:15), who will crush the head of the serpent. The family tree of the Messiah begins in Genesis. A branch of the biblical genealogies continues until the “righteous Branch” of such passages as Isaiah 11:1-9, and Jeremiah 23:5, is identified. I pray to write more on that later. Other genealogies branch off, and are terminated after giving us a bit of information.

If God had directly created multiple human families, mankind would have been even more divided than ever. Acts 17:26 says that God made “…of one blood all nations of men…” Rather than give us more fuel for prejudice, God made a single man, and then a woman from the rib of the man. Over time, they had many sons and daughters (Genesis 5:4).

One of these daughters, or grand-daughters, became Cain’s wife. The same thing is true of Seth, a younger son of Adam and Eve. At that time in history, it was the only way for the family of man to continue. For the children of such unions, a undegenerated gene pool with few mutations would have provided greater protection from birth defects than today. I have a copy of “The Revised and Expanded Answers Book,” from the Answers in Genesis organization. The Answers Book series gives a pretty good answer to doubts about where Cain’s wife came from, and such common questions. Laws were later given prohibiting marriage between close family members (Leviticus 18:6).

By the way, geneticists have named the direct ancestors of all living people today, “Mitochondrial Eve,” and “Y-Chromosome Adam.” Evolutionary geneticists quickly stress that this Adam and Eve didn’t necessarily live at the same time, and that they themselves descended from earlier people. I intend to write more about this Adam and Eve later. I think they are the Adam and Eve of the Bible, and that there were no earlier people. It’s wise to remember that the weaknesses of the theory of evolution lie hidden in its complexity. The devil is in the details, as the saying goes. Much evolutionary teaching is intentionally made complex.

Atheists love to single the Bible out, and condemn its early families for incestuous marriages, but many tribes of people continue some such practices even today. Promiscuity also makes it possible for brothers and sisters to meet without knowing one another. There are cases where couples have married and formed families only to later find that they were siblings. I once asked a co-worker how many children he had, and his answer was that he didn’t know. He had relationships with multiple women, some of them in situations where he didn’t know whether he had fathered children or not. Such things are more common than you might think.

Modern genetic practices that assist in the  conception of children add to the confusion. They also make it possible for brother and sister to meet without knowing they are siblings. Medical tests prior to marriage would catch many “mistakes,” but couples don’t necessarily wait for marriage to have sexual relations. Also, the civil procedures of marriage are followed less and less as time goes on. What a tangled web we weave!

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Every wrong has many victims. Those who care for the victim suffer, as do those who care for the person to blame. The guilty are never alone in their guilt, or in the price that is paid.

We each think there are things that we would never do, and it may be true. If our lives had been forged under the same circumstances as the criminal’s however, we might find that we’re not so different as we like to think. A great deal depends upon circumstances that only God can enable us to overcome.

We should always thank God if we’re not put to the test. We may not always recognize the wrong, and we may not see the pain, but God does. Others learn wrong from us, and children follow our example. Jesus said (Matthew 18:10), “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their Angels in Heaven always look on the face of my Father in Heaven.”

We may not see the pain on God’s face, but it’s there. The face of love is the face of God, for the Script tells us that God is love (1st. John 4:8). The wounds show on Jesus (Isaiah 52:14). If a woman had two sons, and one were to kill the other, it would be very unusual for the mother to want the killer to be put to death (2nd. Samuel 14:4-11). I think you would experience every negative emotion that has anything to do with anger and grief, but you wouldn’t want to lose the remaining son.

Adam and Eve suffered through that sad experience. Here’s something that people don’t usually understand about God; he loved both Cain and Abel as did Adam and Eve. All of them despised what Cain had done, but love dies hard.

The Lord knew Cain as a babe in his mother’s womb, and as a little boy playing with his brother Abel. As the face of Cain became that of a man turning away from the face of God, the cross of YHWH Elohim grew heavier.

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At first Adam called the woman God created “Ishshah.” We don’t know what language Adam actually spoke, but that’s how it’s been passed to us through the Hebrew. At present, we can’t go back to any older language for information. “Ishshah,” is Hebrew for “Woman.” That name in Genesis 2:23 doesn’t seem to us to be very personal, but to Adam it was. She was the first woman, and they were “one flesh.”

“Ishshah,” with the same spelling, also has another meaning, but it has proved difficult to research. It is listed in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary (#801), but apparently not in Strong’s Concordance, and I can’t spend any more time on it right now. Most English Bible versions translate Ishshah as the phrase, “offering (or sacrifice) made by fire.”

Another word “Eshshah,” (#800) is the feminine form of a Hebrew word (Esh) for fire. I know there are exceptions, but women seem by nature to be more self-sacrificing creatures than men, especially toward their children. They share something special with God in the giving of life. My own mother was the most selfless person I’ve ever known, and others would say the same thing of their mothers. That’s probably the main reason for the Biblical link between the word “woman,” and a “fire offering.”

The name “Eve,” which means “life-giving”, implies being sacrificial beyond simply having a child. Genesis 3:20, and surrounding verses, sound as if Adam gave her this name around the time they left Eden. “Eve,” comes to us from the Greek “Eua,” which in turn comes from the Hebrew “Chavvah.” Genesis 3:20 tells us that Adam called her Chavvah because she was the mother of all human life (“Chay” is “life” in Hebrew). The interpretation of her name is given to us right in the verse.

Genesis 4:1 says, “Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain…” Various versions of the Script say this somewhat differently, but the meaning is the same. I think the archaic expression “knew,” conveys a broader meaning than more modern wording.

I assume that quite a bit of time passed from the creation of Adam and Eve until Cain was conceived. Genesis 1:27-28 tells us that after creating Adam and Eve, God blessed them saying, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth…” Everything that God created was intended to be a blessing. Based on the fact that God instructed them to reproduce, I think it’s safe to say that Adam and Eve also “knew” each other in a physical sense before eating from the Tree of Knowledge, but that Eve did not conceive until afterward.

Contrary to Genesis 1:28, some churches teach the opposite. I think that’s one reason so many fail to recognize that the forbidden fruit had something to do with the interpretation of all knowledge, and not only one aspect of it. That failure allows the serpent a great deal of wiggle room. It gives him more leverage to twist that which was meant for a blessing into something much less. Many times in life, it’s difficult to tell where the blessing ends, and the curse begins.

When questioned about divorce in Matthew 19:3-6, Jesus reasserted the original intention for male and female, “…they are no longer two but one flesh.” Later in that section (19:14) he said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Think of these things in terms of love, and not of laws and rules. God continues to desire the best for us, and the greatest possible nurture for our children.

I’m borrowing these thoughts from the song “One Way,” by the late Larry Norman. God wants to take “children of the land,” raise us out of the dust, and transform us into “children of the sky.” God wanted to allow us to share in the creation of children of heaven.

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