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Everyone knows John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Not everyone believes it to be true, however. And this is ok.
We all have to work out our lives according to our individual journeys. The truth is that there is so much judgement flying around in the world, it has become a bit more difficult to simply have the breathing space one may need to just figure things out, and process information. We all have to learn to take time with ourselves.
I believe that sin did enter the world through Adam and Eve – regardless of who ate the apple first, or if it was even an apple at all. I believe that even if it weren’t by Adam and Eve, sin would have still entered the world, since all of humanity has been blessed with the same curiosity that makes us want to eat things. I believe that throughout history, as is noted in the Bible, mankind has repeatedly fallen astray from simple loving and living. Some of the stories passed down to us only serve to recall how dark and dreadful the human soul can become.
I am aware of the role that blood plays in the spirit realm, and why the shedding of it would be necessary to appease one’s transgressions, leading me to understand why one single man on a cross somewhere would have enough power and authority to save those born before and after him. This is the difference between the Old and the New Testament. If we believe in the continuity of life, and the fact that all are connected in ways that fail our minute understanding, then it could stand to reason that there was indeed a plan all along for Redemption. If the world was not to be destroyed again in an Almighty act of justice, then there would have to be some route needed by which men could once again reach the Father.
I also know of the first seven Ecumenical Councils that have pretty much dictated and/or influenced what modern Christianity is today. It seems to be a huge point of debate as to whether churches should be allowed to meet for worship during these pandemic times, and it was decisions made at these meetings about how Christianity should be viewed and practiced that molded the present perception that we have to be in a building in fancy clothes to be able to worship at all. I am even wary of the term “Christian” as it was not God-given, but is a man-made attribute coined by the residents of Antioch in the time of the Apostles.
What has to be explored most of all, in my opinion, is the relationship that the aforementioned blood can preserve. Knowing God is a weird thing in itself, as He manifests in all ways, shapes, forms, and means. We all claim to know and feel Him, yet we all realize that we hardly know anything. We all have a say, but do we all have to agree?
You tell me.
Blessings in abundance!