This year we have covered the first seventeen chapters of The Gospel According To Matthew.
Matthew chapters 18 and 19 are two crucial chapters of the New Testament. These chapters have the answers (HOW/WHY) church today is NOT creating the value needed to bring about God's Will on earth as it is done in Heaven.
However, people miss the solutions presented by Jesus because they lack the foundational doctrine. We will see most churches today do the OPPOSITE of Matthew chapters 18 and 19.
In order to more fully appreciate the information, we will spend the rest of this month getting foundational background.
Last week we looked at God's first interaction with humans to determine whether God is focused on First Dimensional sin or Second Dimensional sin. Here was the conclusion to Genesis 3:1-19:
Adam and Eve chose to consciouly think according to two of the four God-given principles.
Their response to the sin they did to each other was to attempt to deceive God and justify themselves...which is idolatry.
This Second Dimensional sin was the FIRST SIN committed against God by humans...it is the Original Sin...the sin that is the cause of every sin we do against God.
Adam and Eve's choice to do this was a Third Dimensional choice...it was NOT pre-destined. It was possible to chose to think differently. It is still possible today to think differently, yet people still choose to think with the same conscious brain as Adam and Eve.
God judged the serpent without asking a Question. It looks as if God took the serpent's conscious brain away...which included its ability to consciously think and talk. God did not give the serpent the opportunity to confess and repent.
God judged Adam and Eve AFTER asking four Questions and BECAUSE of their Thought Process (HOW/WHY...cause)...NOT because they ate of the tree (WHAT...effect).
God's Righteous Judgment which is Qualitative and concerned with Second Dimensional sin (what they did to God) resulted in expulsion...loss of Paradise for Adam, Eve, and the serpent.
God's Just Judgment which is Quantitative and concerned with First Dimensional sin (what they did to each other) resulted in the curses...which were related to what they did to each other.
Now we see this First Dispensation ended with a Judgment Day! Everything was equaled out with Two Judgments! People who don't understand there are Two Judgments mentioned in Revelation 20 are missing the most critical aspect of Genesis 3...which we have seen is a story FULL of doctrine. The Bible begins with a tree, a husband, and a wife in Paradise...and THEN there is a Judgment Day. The Bible ends with a Judgment Day...and THEN there is a tree, a husband, and a wife in Paradise.
Original Sin is concerned with eternal damnation and requires us to attain Salvation. Original Sin is NOT concerned with Justice and Rewards...balancing out the quantitative effects of the actions. Orignal Sin is a Qualitative issue...
The reason Original Sin is so debated is people define the Original Sin as eating the fruit...and the contradictions flow from this definition of sin as a WHAT instead of a HOW/WHY...as an effect instead of a cause.
Original Sin resulted in separation between humans and God. If the Original Sin was eating the fruit, this is something we ought to repair ourselves...it is also NOT something every human does. However, if Original Sin is not being honest with God and justifying ourselves, this is something that every human still does and causes separation with God.
If Original Sin was the eating of the fruit, then EVE committed the Original Sin...she ate first. However, Paul wrote in I Corinthians that sin came in through Adam...sin ORIGINATED through Adam. The ONLY thing Adam did first was try to deceive God...which we now know is Second Dimensional sin...which is the First sin humans did against God.
However, your Unaware Brain knows the non-contradictory Biblical interpretation of this passage. EVERYONE who reads this passage and consciously creates a different interpretation is actually causing an incongruity between their conscious brain and Unaware Brain. In fact, notice what this looks like to the Unaware Brain...
The Unaware Brain just read a story about humans committing idolatry by rationalizing and justifying themselves instead of God. Then the Unaware Brain sees the conscious brain DO THE SAME THING TODAY when it rationalizes and justifies an interpretation of this critical passage so the conscious brain can remain comparative and comfortable.
NO WONDER most people can't read through their Bible, let alone the Book of Genesis! The Unaware Brain of the individual is depressing the individual in an attempt NOT to commit even more idolatry.
I believe God BEGAN the human race with their nucleus basalis propped open...with effortless complete consciousness...and this would ONLY be Profitable if humans would ONLY take direction from God.
The human race chose to take direction from themselves...which caused a separation from God.
The battlefield is the Brain.
Our desire to take direction from God will be objectively proven on Judgment Day...Spritiually, with our Mind/Soul...Physically, with our Brain.
It looks like God still intends for humans to spend eternity taking direction from God in a state of complete consciousness...
When God BEGAN the human race, Paradise was obtained WITHOUT knowledge of any other way.
It looks like God NOW intends for Paradise to be consciously chosen WITH the knowledge of every other way.
Our Physical objective for Eternity is to keep our nucleus basalis open...to become like babies.
Today, we will look at God's NEXT interaction with humans...
"1 And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with the help of Jehovah."
Did Adam and Eve have intercourse in the garden? This verse makes it sound like they hadn't until they left the garden...which means Adam and Eve weren't in the garden together for a very long time.
"Modeling God's Wills" covered the Doctrine of Marriage. We also covered this during this Series in Matthew 1:18-25.
Clearly, Adam and Eve didn't have a wedding ceremony. There are no wedding ceremonies in the Bible. The wedding ceremony we have today is a man-made doctrine that is less than 500 years old. We have seen that government recognized marriage is a man-made doctrine that is about 250 years old.
In the Bible, marriage is a covenant that can begin in any of three ways:
1) Exchange of vows
2) Exchange of tokens
3) Sexual Intercourse
However, the covenant isn't completed until the couple has sexual intercourse. Just like we saw with Joseph and Mary, it is possible for Adam and Eve to be husband and wife without the marriage having been consummated.
Either way, we know for sure at the beginning of Genesis chapter four, Eve conceived while she was NOT in Paradise. Some people want to say Cain was conceived by the serpent raping Eve. This verse clearly stated Adam was the father of Cain...and Cain was conceived AFTER God put enmity between the woman and the serpent.
"2 And again she bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."
Eve conceived again.
Eve had two sons, one was a shepherd and the other was a farmer.
There are some people who state Cain was "evil" because he was a farmer...because he worked the ground that God cursed. The curse was NOT on the fruit of the ground...just that it would be HARDER to get food from working the land. If anything, Cain had a tougher job than Abel BECAUSE God had cursed the ground...Cain, the older brother, took the toughest job.
"3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Jehovah."
Time has passed...
Then, Cain brought an offering to God. This is a Right WHAT.
Before reading the next verse, take a moment to state your will about this: Did Cain sin by bringing an offering to God?
"4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell."
Abel also brought an offering to God. This is also a Right WHAT.
However, Abel's offering was of the fat (the best) AND God had respect on Abel's offering.
Again, some people like to say Cain sinned and Abel didn't. Let's review a CRITICAL chapter from this Series: Matthew 6.
Matthew chapters 5 through 7 document Jesus' Premiere Teaching. I call the middle chapter "The Reward Chapter". The chapter was NOT speaking about Salvation when it used the word "reward". If it did, then we lose our Salvation when we give and others know that we gave...we would lose our Salvation when we tithed! Do the pastors who teach Matthew 6 deals with Salvation also teach tithing as a way to lose your Salvation?
Here is a summary of Matthew 6 from this Series:
"In this chapter, Jesus CONSISTENTLY presented a Right WHAT with a Wrong HOW/WHY to show the result was no Reward. Then He presented the SAME Right WHAT with a Right HOW/WHY that resulted in Reward. Clearly, Jesus was more focused on the HOW/WHY than the WHAT."
Jesus did NOT say it was a sin to a give (Right What) with a Wrong HOW/WHY. He just said it resulted in NO reward from God...which means, doing a Right WHAT with a Right HOW/WHY results in a Reward from God...it results in God giving something to the individual. Now, look at this passage again...
Cain gave (Right WHAT) "of" the ground, meaning NOT the best of his fruit. So, God did NOT have to give Cain anything back.
Abel gave (Right WHAT) the best (Right HOW/WHY). So, God did have to give Abel something back...which was "respect".
The result was that Cain was wroth and his countenance fell. Some people say that Cain sinned when he was wroth and his countenance fell.
Some people say God could not give respect to Cain's offering because it was of the cursed ground.
State your will:
Has Cain sinned?
What was the sin?
Was it First Dimensional?
Was it Second Dimensional?
Is God focused on the offering being of the cursed ground?
Remember, this was the SECOND example of God interacting with humans. During the FIRST example, we did an exercise where you tried to PREDICT the next verse. Tomorrow, we will look at the rest of this story.
Before tomorrow's post, answer the following Questions:
What is the next verse?
-To Whom did He speak?
-What did He speak?