Colin F. Jones

ALPHA AND OMEGA?

The world was created without suffering, paradise being the gift to the first man and woman. They were instructed to cultivate their garden called Eden, and supervise all other living creatures of the Earth.

Their minds were without defect and their bodies were perfect, there being no sickness, old age nor death. At what age, or in what ‘age ‘form, they were created is not known, and offers some grounds for doubt for those looking for defects in the story.

These first people were told to be fruitful, populate the earth and in so doing bring human kind into existence. No doubt this would have occurred as a result of the natural chemistry, the desire for intercourse, regardless of instruction.

There was of course, an obligation to accept the sovereignty of God; they were, however, given the freedom of choice even though they were bound by the principals and directions of God. They took advantage of this freedom choosing to seek ‘personal independence’, to become ‘like God’. (A desire which drives men to this day, to the destruction of his own environment, that of Nature, the power over which is ultimately ‘God-like’.)

Since God created man in his own image one might presume these ‘desires’, the desires to determine right from wrong themselves was in effect a characteristic of God, and if not then God had created a ‘defective image’.

These first people chose to reject their source of life to establish their own independence, thus God was Just, in allowing them freedom of choice. They were also told however, that to leave God meant that God would leave them, and without Gods power to sustain them they would grow old, deteriorate to death and return to the earth from whence they came in a state of unconsciousness. Thus in choosing to abandon ‘the way of God’ they became imperfect, these characteristics being inherited by their children.

Their decision was not without influence, since the Dark Angel, Satan, urged them to resist Gods directions by painting a false picture which was attractive to their ‘natural desire’ to be like God.

God did not object to their decision since he had created them as ‘free’ to make their own choices. God being God must have known the consequences, or if he didn’t a period of time would be required to establish them.

Either way there was practical reason to refrain from exerting dictatorial authority over those whom he had created as ‘free individuals’.

In the process of growing up, most young people find need to, ‘find out for themselves’, if what they have been told is true, by the testing of the principals through practical application, thus even to this day the seeds sown into the human character by Satan are still evident.

Without doubt it has been demonstrated over the past 6000 years that man has failed to become ‘God-like’ and in fact has succeeded in only causing himself misery and anguish. He has reached the point where he is only just beginning to realise that the destruction of Nature and creatures does not nurture ‘power over the earth’, but is simply a ‘stimulant pill’ that like any illusionary drug has terrible withdrawal effects and is fatal in overdose.

Humankind has not yet completely failed, but God has allowed time for redemption, time for man to accept himself for what he is and realise the value in returning to the direction of his creator, those who desire to follow the directions of God, in keeping harmony with the natural laws of nature.

God has vowed someday to intervene and return to the earth to the original paradise of his creation. Those who believe in creation wait for this event.

Warfare above all other things demonstrates the inadequacy of man to conduct his own affairs without the influences of greed and the lust for power over others. It demonstrates the fruitlessness of persistent argument based on baseless belief.

It demonstrates man’s inability to control the direction of his own life and his inability to visualise the aspects of his destiny. His own errors contribute to his doubts, that the words contained in the Bible are nothing more than the opinions of a few clever writers, thus doing little to enhance faith in future prosperity.

The Bible was written a long time ago and contains a history of those times, relating to the issues of those times, and more importantly the knowledge of those times. “What relevance has a book written a period of 1600 years by many different people, some 2000 years ago, have to these modern (modern being temporary) times?

There is however adequate substance to support the truth of its contents and its basic principals apply to this very day as they did 2000 years ago.

There are many good books available that confirm that ‘scientific research’ is in harmony with the Bible history. The Bible states, math 24:7 “Nation will rise against nation and Kingdom against Kingdom.”. It gives adequate prediction that disease, crime, malnutrition and poverty will increase. That men will grow in fear of the future.

Man always seeks excuses where he is involved in situations not complementary to himself. War perhaps is the most avid demonstration of this, where some soldiers who have witnessed death and butchery of human beings, cry… “If there a God… why does he permit such atrocities?

Many deny the existence of God as a result, thus decaying with the rejection of the principals that support his objections to war.

The soldier walks into the jaws of death in times of war on the command of an officer, yet defies Gods objection without fear, to refrain. This is because God is obscure, unreal, and seemingly unavailable, who will not be there to defend his case to the court martial, which condemn the soldier for his refusal to kill his fellow man or die in attempting to do so.

Man does not gain independence in choosing to reject the direction of his creator, instead he allows other men to establish power over him with the use of fear.

Man gave up his right to gods help, in rejecting the principals of his instruction, thus cannot justify the claim that God does not exist, nor justify blame that God is not a God of love because he does not intervene.

Man’s independent decision was to follow the advice of Satan. Being free to choose, a God allowed right, regrettably not an easy application, for it must often be made in the face of death or misery.

Yet it may be true that misery and death would be less and over a considerably shorter time, in choosing to follow the directions of God, rather than to succumb to the fear of disobeying man’s own laws.

Regardless of weather man believes in the existence of God or not, non can deny that the principals of Christian ethics, advocate peace and prosperity, that in following those principals, the fruitless deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians would not have occurred.

On ANZAC day in remembering the dead, we also resurrect the monuments of war. Some Vietnam Veterans (association) have embarked upon a conquest to erect a memorial to themselves and to comrades who died in combat carrying out ‘duties’ on the battle field.

Theirs was a ‘duty’ that denied them choice; a duty of ‘enforcement’ by an elected government which claimed to be the representation of the people of the nation, despite an outcry against it by those same people. No referendum was held to establish majority opinion.

It may have been that the majority might have desired that conscripts be sent to South Vietnam, in this event, perhaps those desirous of such action should have been the ones to participate.

The human race is complex and in many ways self destructive. Man is inadequate in pursuing a purposeful and rewarding destiny, choosing to elect others to make the mistakes, he himself avoids by passing the responsibilities into the hands of the few, whom he can blame for his own inadequacies, by criticising theirs. I believe it possible to live in peace and harmony, though I must admit I am not optimistic. We have by default, the choice.

It is up to us to resurrect another Eden without monuments of War.

Then, if and when God returns to the earth or establishes influence the earth, all those who live will never die, and all those who suffered unjustly, those who died that those who live might do so in peace, will be reinstated in paradise.

Soldiers went to war in Vietnam and returned, crying in the wilderness. Yet who better than they can lead the way to the sanctuary of peace. There are none more qualified, if they choose to pursue it, for they also, and still have the choice.

God does not take away the gift of life. He reserves a place when It expires, a place of rest in a state of unconsciousness, until the day of judgement. On that day the truth will be known.

The War in Vietnam was the result of human defect, of human weakness; the desire to establish his own immortality, to be God, being proven and again to be fruitless – to be wrong. Yet man persists, a law unto himself, which will be rewarded with more Wars, more famine and suffering, more wasteful death. The War in Vietnam did not diminish my belief in Christian ethics and principals, though I suffered a great deal of doubt.

I survived and returned home to a period of confusion and bitterness. But the harsh reality of all past into time and I saw clearly that War the result of man’s own greed, that used to sever the final strings which tether him to God; a final example of man’s lust to be Godlike. Doubt will ever exist in the minds of Christians regarding the coming again of God. For if the Earth was a paradise without the existence of death, then would quickly become so populated that would not be possible for so many people to survive on its limited surface.

There would be no evil influence since the Devil will have long since been vanquished. Simple questions of logic spring to mind, such as at what age would the human stop growing older, and if he never ages, would he remain a child? How would injury, as a result of natural accidents, be avoided? There are so many questions without any real convincing answers. What would be the point of child birth if there was no death?

Plants and the lower animals did not reject the instructions of God, yet they live as part of the same system which controls the nature of man. A fruit tree supplies fruit to eat, that once the fruit plucked for eating, the tree must follow its cycle to reproduce again, that new fruit may serve the same purpose.

Did God change the world to suit the choice made by the first people? Are not man and every other living thing designed for reproduction of its own kind? With the challenge of outer space that seeks to establish other planetary worlds, has the man who dies, say on the moon, and buried there, returned to the ‘dust of the earth from whence he came’?

The final and perhaps most unanswerable, question of all asks… If one believes in the ‘living God’ and that this God created the Earth, then is it not logical to presume that God also was the Creation of another?

Such vision of thought is beyond the capabilities of man, yet there must be an answer. The Earth is such a small speck in the vastness of space, that the single thought of an individual seems unimportant. What possible impact could one’s death have on such a vast and complex system? Yet if there is no paradise, what is the point of it all?