We have been focusing on Genesis, the beginning of things, and the study brings us to the conclusion that God is not causing us to have cancer, car wrecks and catastrophes. It also tells us God has always been a merciful God and that His desire was to be with mankind all along.
The following verse, from Genesis 3, tells me this cursed world in which we now live, with its devastating storms, drought, poverty, hunger and even cancer, was NOT caused by one single decision and it certainly was not caused by God. It was the outcome of a newly developed, with Satan’s influence, attitude, a mode of operation or way of thinking and it was a choice.
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
I have read those first three chapters of Genesis over and over and I cannot find where God was angry in the sense that we were taught. I found Him to be hurt and sorrowful for Adam and Eve. With sympathy, He covered their bodies and drove them out of the garden, so that they could not partake of the Tree of Life and live forever in their fallen state. He guarded the way to the Tree of Life in Genesis, chapter 3, verse 24.
24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (NIV)
This Way or That Way?
A deeper look into the word way, in this passage, leads me to the conclusion that, rather than a path that leads into the garden toward this Tree of Life, the author was speaking of means or mode, a method of operation or way of thinking. Man had chosen the wrong way and his method of operation would now be based strictly on his five physical senses. Adam had walled God out of the physical world.
Throughout the Old Testament, God, in His mercy, interceded and injected, if you will, certain principles and regulations into this physical world to help mankind survive. He used certain people, Samuel for example, to guide the people as they were lost.
My question is this. We are taught in the gospel that we have peace with God through Christ. That word peace means every good thing and the word salvation means we are protected, provided for, healed and nurtured by God once again, so why do we still suffer from famine, poverty, sickness and injustice? Are we still walling Him out of the physical world? If not, where is He when we need Him and why is life so difficult to this day?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)
There’s that word again. Way. A means, mode or method of operation, not a path to follow or journey to embark upon. A completely different WAY of thinking, a way that does not give priority to the five physical senses, forsaking the sixth, the spiritual realm where a spiritual God lives.
Way-a completely different reality, not to be accessed by physical activities known as religion. A way that brings (injects) wisdom, truth, life, laughter and joy into a dark, cursed world.