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.
This week we have been looking at Genesis 3:1-19...God's interaction with Adam and Eve. We have seen most people consciously tell this story with God immediately judging/condemning Adam and Eve. In reality, God asked Adam and Eve four Questions. In fact, the Questions God asked concerned past events...events an omniscient God ought to know. Most people are completely oblivious to this critical point. When asked WHY God asked Questions about past events, there are two general answers most people give:
1. God did NOT know the answers to these Questions.
-God did NOT know where Adam was.
-God did NOT know who told them they were naked.
-God did NOT know if they ate of the tree.
2. God knew, but He wanted Adam to know that He knew in order to judge/condemn him.
Notice, people who believe answer #1 are actually saying, "God is NOT God...He is NOT omniscient...HE doesn't know what has happened."
People who believe answer #2 are actually saying, "God is a Determinist (Calvinist). He is focused on things that are in the past...on things we can't do anything about...because He is NOT the God of the living. He wants us to focus on things in the past that we can't do anything about."
(Excerpt from the post titled, "Genesis 3:8-11".)
The previous post (Genesis 3:12-19) presented the non-contradictory Biblical reason. Here is the summary:
We now know God was not focused on judging/condemning Adam and Eve.
He asked four Questions of Adam and Eve. However, God did NOT ask the serpent ANY Questions. God immediately judged/condemned the serpent.
Here's the question from yesterday's post: WHY did God ask Adam these three Questions?
God must have asked these question because He was looking forward. God asked because there was something He DIDN'T know for sure...something that hadn't happened yet. What was it?
God knew they had eaten from the tree.
God knew they knew they had eaten from the tree.
What didn't God know that was a future event?
The only explanation for this passage is God was focused on Adam's response to his own actions...not on the actual action of Adam eating of the tree.
Another way of saying this is: God was focused on Adam's Second Dimensional response to his First Dimensional sin...not on Adam's First Dimensional sin.
Let's take this one step further: God was focused on Adam's Thought Process!
We even saw yesterday the EFFECT of Adam answering God's first two Questions were WE got to see Adam's Thought Process!
Your Unaware Brain is a perfect modeler. Your Unaware Brain knows this is the correct explanation. Every attempt to justify or teach a different explanation is actually damaging your own conscious brain...and the conscious brain of others. Do you agree?
God asked Adam and Eve Questions in order to LEARN their response to their sin against each other...their response to their First Dimensional sin.
BOTH Adam and Eve responded TO GOD by blaming OTHERS!
Adam blamed God and Eve for his actions!
Eve blamed the serpent for her actions!
BOTH Adam and Eve committed Second Dimensional sin against God with their responses.
Adam and Eve were FACTUAL with their response to God...however, Adam and Eve were NOT TRUTHFUL with their responses to God. They were DECEPTIVE. They had a Right WHAT ("I ate the fruit") with a Wrong HOW/WHY ("others were the cause of my sin").
This was the FIRST SIN committed by humans against God.
Today, we will look at the effects of this "Original Sin"...
Adam and Eve both took an external stimulus and responded with sin against each other. We called this First Dimensional sin and represented the process with the following illustration:
Arrow "one" is the stimulus ("serpent" for Eve and "Eve" for Adam)
Arrow "two" represents the comparative thought process each had.
Arrow "three" represents their actions which in this case was "sin".
For the next process, Adam and Eve's stimulus was internal...it was their own First Dimensional sin. (Notice, Eve committed this sin FIRST.) God took this First Dimensional sin and combined it with Questions and directed it back towards Adam and Eve in order to find out their Second Dimensional response. The response can be life or death and we represented the process with the following illustration:
Arrow "sin" is the stimulus (Arrow "three" from the First Dimensional process)
Arrow "four" WITH Arrow "if" is the redirection of the First Dimensional sin by God combined WITH God's Questions.
Arrow "five" represents Adam and Eve's thought process...the HOW/WHY...the cause.
Arrow "life or death" represents Adam and Eve's response to God...the WHAT...the effect.
With these illustrations, we can see God tends to focus on Arrow "life or death"...while most people portray a God focused on Arrow "three" (in the first illustration) and Arrow "sin" (in the second illustration). Actually, God is focused on the last two Arrows. Let's look more closely at these last two Arrows...
We have seen Arrow "life or death" was a FACTUAL response from Adam and Eve.
Adam admitted he ate the fruit, Eve offered it to him, and this woman was provided to him by God. THREE FACTS.
Eve admitted she ate the fruit, and the serpent beguiled her. TWO FACTS.
The bottomline: Adam and Eve admitted what they DID...however, they both attributed the cause of their sin to someone other than themselves. Remember, Adam and Eve were responding to God about a sin Adam and Eve committed against each other...so their responses to God were the FIRST SIN humans did against God. (Notice, Adam did it FIRST.)
However, remember, when it comes to sinning against God, the sin is NOT the action itself...the sin is NOT the WHAT (effect)...the sin is the HOW/WHY...the sin is the cause. The Bible shows the SAME ACTION may be sin for one person and NOT sin for another. The cause of the action is the sin. (If you need the full explanation, read "What Is Sin?".)
The sin is ACTUALLY found with Arrow "five"!!!!
I realize I make the following points everytime I have the opportunity...and this is because it is the difference between "life or death":
We have seen DECEPTION is a Right WHAT with a Wrong (or NO) HOW/WHY.
We have seen TRUTH is a Right WHAT with a Right HOW/WHY.
The ONLY difference between TRUTH and DECEPTION is in the HOW/WHY.
A FACT is a Right WHAT.
The ability for a FACT to be Profitable or Unprofitable is COMPLETELY dependent on the HOW/WHY...which is Arrow "five".
The Bible documented the FACTUAL response to God. What would have been a TRUTHFUL response to God?
Adam: I ate the fruit (Right WHAT) because I didn't follow Your command, I didn't teach my wife Your Word well enough, and I didn't want to be lonely. This was wrong of me to do to MY WIFE. God help me to Repair this damage I have done to her.
Eve: I ate the fruit (Right WHAT) because I didn't follow Your command, I didn't follow what my husband taught me, I chose to be influenced by a novel creature (serpent), and I chose to tempt my husband into justifying my wrong decision. This was wrong of me to do to MY HUSBAND. God help me to Repair this damage I have done to him.
Remember, a PERFECT Confession has three parts:
-I admit what I did
-I know WHY I did it
-I admit it was wrong
Remember, Repentance is a DO...it is taking action to Repair the damage that has been done. The result ought to be something MORE. True Repentance/Repair results in something more...it creates.
This TRUTHFUL RESPONSE would have resulted in creating more!
Confession and Repentance are the only way to remove guilt.
If Adam and Eve had confessed and repented, would they have stayed in Eden? I believe they would have been allowed to...otherwise, the rest of the Bible is contradictory.
However, Adam and Eve justified themselves. They admitted WHAT they did, however, they took NO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. This is a Thought Process! This points to a HOW/WHY...
Adam and Eve's thought process was to rationalize their actions TO GOD.
Not only did they attempt to DECEIVE God with their FACTUAL response...they intended to make themselves greater than God! They committed idolatry! This is pride!
This is the ORIGINAL SIN because it is the CAUSE of EVERY sin we commit against God!
EFFECTS OF ORIGINAL SIN
Let's look at Adam and Eve's Thought Process PRINCIPLES...
CAUSALITY - Both Adam and Eve spoke according to Causality. They stated an effect and its cause.
NON-CONTRADICTION - Both Adam and Eve referenced lack of Contradiction as proof they were right.
COMPARATIVE - Both Adam and Eve looked ONLY at the FACTS that didn't Contradict their intent.
COMFORT - Both Adam and Eve looked for the most immediate and comfortable response: justify myself.
We have seen the Unaware Brain models according to all four God-given principles without intentional effort:
We have seen the conscious brain begins working according to two of the God-given principles (Causality and Non-contradiction) and according to the opposite of the other two of the God-given principles (Comparative and Comfort)...which is EXACTLY the same Thought Process Principles Adam and Eve had!
We have seen how I believe before Adam and Eve dealt with the serpent, God opened up Adam and Eve's nucleus basalis'. They would have been completely conscious WITHOUT effort...like a baby is during the "critical period".
However, it looks to me like Adam and Eve took over control of their nucleus basalis when THEY CONSCIOUSLY CHOSE to eat the fruit. EVERYTHING after they ate the fruit was an EFFECT of their CONSCIOUS THOUGHT PROCESS.
Adam and Eve chose to consciously think according to Causality, Non-contradiction, Comparative, and Comfort. Consequently, EVERYONE who was born after Adam and Eve has this same conscious brain...which is the cause of EVERY sin we do against God.
The ONLY way to attain Salvation is by grace through faith.
Grace resists the proud. Grace resists the Comparative and Comfort driven.
Faith is a belief in something we can't see either because it is invisible or hasn't happened yet. Faith is built on Experience and Understanding. Faith is built on Causality and Non-contradiction.
WHY can we overcome our sin nature? Grace.
God's divine influence upon our heart, and its reflection in the life through the Holy Spirit is ONLY possible because of Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross.
HOW can we overcome our sin nature? By grace through faith...by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God and was raised from the dead.
These are the SPIRITUAL HOW/WHY answers. What are the PHYSICAL HOW/WHY answers?
Our Unaware Brain works according to the four God-given principles. Our conscious brain works according to two of the four God-given principles.
PHYSICAL HOW: Choose to consciously work according to all four God-given principles.
PHYSICAL WHY: Let's look to Dr. Norman Doidge for the explanation...
"The competitive nature of plasticity affects us all. There is an endless war of nerves going on inside each our brains. If we stop exercising our mental skills, we do not just forget them: the brain map for space for those skills is turned over to the skills we practice instead." (Norman Doidge, MD "The Brain That Changes Itself")
It turns out everyday we determine the brain we will have tomorrow!
If we spend today being comparative and comfortable...that is, NOT learning ANYTHING that makes us uncomfortable and that we disagree with, tomorrow our brains will have less ability to learn something new AND our brains will take what we do know and spread it out more...essentially take up more room in the brain with things we already know! Notice, it will be EASIER tomorrow to be comparative and comfortable.
However, if we spend today being contrastive and growth focused...that is, learning SOMETHING that makes us uncomfortable and that we disagreed with, tomorrow our brains will have more ability to learn something new AND our brains will take what we do know and simplify it so it takes up less room in the brain! Notice, it will be EASIER tomorrow to be contrastive and growth focused.
GOD MADE OUR BRAINS THIS WAY!
It is OUR responsibility if we CHOOSE to progress our brains towards consciously thinking according to all four God-given principles OR progressing towards NONE of the four God-given principles. We have seen how people are able to damage their brains to the point they are no longer able to think according to Causality and Non-Contradiction!
This physiological understanding has been confirmed in the past few years.
Now look at something written almost fifty years ago...
"The Discarded Image" was the last book by CS Lewis. It was published in 1964 after he died. Lewis was focused on creating "the Model" explaining our beliefs. He even shared Two Rules for creating this Model:
"All apparent contradictions must be harmonised. A Model must be built which will get everything in without a clash; and it can do this only by becoming intricate, by mediating its unity through a great, and finely ordered, multiplicity." (Page 11)
"But if we demanded no more than that from theory, science would be impossible, for a lively inventive faculty could devise a good many different supposals which would equally save the phenomena. We have therefore had to supplement the canon of saving the phenomena by another canon - first, perhaps, formulated with full clairity by Occam. According to this second canon we must accept (provisionally) not any theory which saves the phenomena but that theory which does so with the fewest possible assumptions." (Page 15)
LEWIS' FIRST RULE OF MODELING: The Model must be made up of specific causes accounting for ALL the observed effects without contradiction.
LEWIS' SECOND RULE OF MODELING: If more than one Model accounts for ALL the observed effects without contradiction, then we must embrace the simpler Model.
CS Lewis PERFECTLY described the process our conscious brain goes through each night to either become more or less able to grow!
The First Rule covers how the brain determines whether to increase or decrease its ability to learn more.
The Second Rule covers how the brain determines what to do with what we already know.
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.