Secret of the Universe #2
It seems that many of us have been taught to live in fear of God. Personally, I don’t buy into a fear-based reality, whether it emanates from God or from the media or from others seeking to control the rest of us. Why should I? Who dreamt up this wrath of God and burn in hell concept, anyway?
Being a Christian myself, I’m still waiting for someone to adequately explain to me how an all-loving God could condemn one of his children to eternal damnation. What law was supposedly broken to warrant such a punishment? Maybe, some would say the Ten Commandments. If so, then my response would be that the Ten Commandments are in reality the law of Moses. Even though the Commandments are probably good rules to live by, there is no proof that they are actually God’s laws and certainly God has never gone on a speaking tour (as book writers do today) to explain those laws! Am I to believe that God gave me free will and then punished me for one of my inadvertent actions that may have offended him?
Most religious scholars will tell you that “in the beginning” all there was was God. It’s an important point to understand because it underscores the fact that everybody and everything originally emanated from God. That being said, God could never very well condemn a part of himself, now could he?
All of which brings us to the 2nd secret of the universe –
Sin does not exist. Good and evil are both necessary parts of the duality of creation.
A Greek philosopher once said that if you tell a lie often enough it will be accepted as the truth, and of course the truth would then be considered a lie. For example, in the Garden of Eden story, the god of Genesis has always been viewed as the good guy and the serpent as the bad guy. But, why? The logic is twisted. Are we to believe that it was okay for god to lie to Adam and Eve when he told them that if they ate the apple they would surely die? Of course, the serpent who told Adam and Eve the truth was forever branded as the bad guy. It’s somewhat relevant to note that the serpent has always been symbolically linked to wisdom dating back to ancient Egypt, as well as being the symbol of the medical profession.
And what of poor Eve who gets blamed for Original Sin because she exercised her god-given free will? After all, god responded to the eating of the apple by saying that man had become like one of us, knowing good and evil. This is telling on two fronts. First of all, prior to the eating of the apple, Adam and Eve obviously didn’t understand the concept of good vs. evil and yet they were judged as if they did. Secondly, god refers to “us” (both here and elsewhere in the Genesis story). In other words, god was not alone in the garden with Adam and Eve. Others similar to god were also there so we’re not talking about the Prime Creator in this story, only someone who in the ancient writings was referred to as the Lord or as the Elohim (a plural term). Ergo: No Prime Creator, no Original Sin.
It’s important to understand that the existence of both good and evil are critical parts of the process of Creation. Everything exists in a condition of duality. For example, you could never learn what light was unless the dark existed. The shadows, themselves, are a by-product of light. What’s necessary here is the understanding of how life works so that one can exercise free-will in accordance with their highest and best purpose. It’s an understanding that Adam and Eve only acquired after they ate from the Tree of Knowledge (symbolically, the apple). While there are natural laws (for example the Law of Cause and Effect) that result in consequences for one’s actions, the concept of sin is misplaced. There’s a critical distinction between the two which requires one to have a much broader idea of how God’s creation works and the underlying purpose of life.
More on the secrets of the universe later.