Gordon Robinson | Love is the only lesson
IT WOULD be churlish of me not to thank David Finlay for giving me an entertaining Bible lesson ('Bible lesson for Gordon Robinson', June 21, 2016).
His lesson: Only Adam and Eve were born sinless. Because they sinned, the rest of us are born sinners. He wrote:
"... The first man and woman were created in both the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27). However, when they sinned, they came to know good and evil (Genesis 3:22). Man's soul became marred as a result of the first sin and repeated acts of sin."
I won't harass David for artfully avoiding my account of why God made Earth (including Adam, Eve, Eden, et al), which was to ENSURE a relative world so God could experience both sides of every coin, including 'sin'.
I'll also ignore David's dogma-induced dilemma of an all-powerful, all-knowing God being so easily duped by God's own creations. I'll understand if, like all unquestioning, programmed Christians with heads stuck in the Old Testament (OT) and brains on go-slow, David prefers to escape religious stress brought on by thought. Not in the Bible? Then, it ain't so. No analysis required.
No point wasting advanced thinking on an unenthusiastic audience. However, I will emphasise there's no historical difference between David's chronology and mine. Where we differ is our (dis)regard for frills. David alleges Adam and Eve 'sinned' and, as a consequence, we're born sinners. I'll repeat what I wrote:
"Discarding Jesus' all-embracing message of love, the Church relies heavily on the OT to set human against human; instill fear of our own Creator; and put some of us above others. Hence, we're broken images. Using fairy tales starring talking snakes and vengeful Gods, we're told we're like broken glass that has value but unable to fully reflect the richness of God's image ... ."
David, this time, please read with both eyes and brain. You can do it, D. That's what John, Paul, George and Ringo promise:
Love, love, love ...
There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
David, non-thinking Christians prefer to gloss over details and, like you, simply conclude "... they sinned". But, D., if what Adam and Eve did was "sin", why'd God subsequently order us to go forth and multiply without one word about marriage? How? Wasn't that a command to 'sin' some more?
One last thing, David (said Lieutenant Colombo), if what Adam and Eve did was 'sin', why bother with the superfluous fairy tales? Just give it to me, straight up. Tell me, "Sex is sin. Oh, BTW, go ye forth and sin until you populate the Earth." These days, we're told: "If it's church-blessed sin (spelled M-A-R-R-I-A-G-E), it's not sin."
David, we both understand exactly what the Church wants us to believe. It's fed to you with a spoonful of sugar (talking snakes and magic apples) to help you swallow. You got it down pat. It didn't pass my gag reflex.
ENVIRONMENT FOR SINNING
David, this might shock you, but if you place a naked man and woman in idyllic surroundings, 'sinning' is what a gwaan. Anyone surprised, including God, must be a dummy. So, David, why believe 'twas a magic apple that caused 'original sin'? It could've been any combination of fruits. I believe it was a ripe cherry and a green pear!
Nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
All you need is love ... ."
David, every happening in Eden was God's plan. Remember God? That omnipotent Being who can't be fooled, surprised or thwarted? Trust me, David, God knew what God was doing. God knew what God wanted. God knew what would happen.
Nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
All you need is love ... ."
This is good news, David. Your blessed mother and hard-working father didn't produce a hopeless sinner after all. No need to despise yourself, to believe you're born "broken"; to seek self-esteem in Church; to fear simply being Who You Really Are. Follow Jesus' true teaching. The word is LOVE, not hate; LOVE, not 'sin'; LOVE, not vengeance; LOVE, not fear.
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need.
Peace and love.
• Gordon Robinson is an attorney-at-law. Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.