Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

The Lie

“A liar begins with making falsehood

appear like truth, and ends with making

truth appear like falsehood.” William

Shenstone

The day Eve met the stranger…

The day started out as another beautiful day, just like every other day in the history of the Garden of Eden; the weather was perfect, air filled with the perfume of highly-scented, beautiful flowers, and the animals doing crazy antics while playing with each other. There was no aggression, no fear, no threat of any kind - and there never had been until that time. All that was known was love, joy, peace, fun, satisfaction, fulfilment, harmony, and deep, trusting relationship. Trust came easy and was assumed for there had never been reason to not trust. Doubt was a concept for which they had no reference - for them, not trusting was as foreign as Walking on the moon. Until that day. Eve was out preparing lunch when a serpent began to engage her in a conversation. As she reached for a juicy red peach, the snake asked her, "Is it true that God said you may not eat of any of the fruit in the Garden?" "No," she chuckles. "We can eat of the fruit of all the trees - except the one in the middle of the Garden; we must not even touch that one, or we will die," she shudders. "You won't die," says the snake, "but God knows that when you eat this fruit, you will become just like Him..." Suddenly Eve experiences something she has not known before : confusion. Not the kind of confusion in which you don't know what kind of fruit you want to eat first, but the kind of confusion that brings with it a strange cold chill of fear together with a cacophony of a myriad opposing thoughts in her mind: What if this God they have known all these years, has actually been fooling them all along? What if the snake is right, and they have potential for so much more, but God does not want them to have what He’s got? What if God’s intentions are actually evil and He is keeping them from eating the fruit that will enable them to see this? God is so big and powerful, and they are so small and vulnerable in comparison, how will they be able to protect themselves? Why would the snake tell her this if it was not true? How can she even speak to God about her encounter here? If He is not been truthful until now, He may kill them if they know the truth; He will think they have eaten the fruit because now they know He is actually evil... The only way they can protect themselves is for them to eat the fruit so that they can become like God... If they can become like God, they can make their own decisions and do what is right for them, and not only do what God wants them to do... So, as the thoughts race through her head, and her heart whirls with panic, fear, and the tumult of this unknown experience of distrust, she reaches for what seems to be the only option for self-protection... (Continued next Wednesday)
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

The Lie

“A liar begins with making

falsehood appear like truth, and

ends with making truth appear like

falsehood.” William Shenstone

The day Eve met the stranger…

The day started out as another beautiful day, just like every other day in the history of the Garden of Eden; the weather was perfect, air filled with the perfume of highly-scented, beautiful flowers, and the animals doing crazy antics while playing with each other. There was no aggression, no fear, no threat of any kind - and there never had been until that time. All that was known was love, joy, peace, fun, satisfaction, fulfilment, harmony, and deep, trusting relationship. Trust came easy and was assumed for there had never been reason to not trust. Doubt was a concept for which they had no reference - for them, not trusting was as foreign as Walking on the moon. Until that day. Eve was out preparing lunch when a serpent began to engage her in a conversation. As she reached for a juicy red peach, the snake asked her, "Is it true that God said you may not eat of any of the fruit in the Garden?" "No," she chuckles. "We can eat of the fruit of all the trees - except the one in the middle of the Garden; we must not even touch that one, or we will die," she shudders. "You won't die," says the snake, "but God knows that when you eat this fruit, you will become just like Him..." Suddenly Eve experiences something she has not known before : confusion. Not the kind of confusion in which you don't know what kind of fruit you want to eat first, but the kind of confusion that brings with it a strange cold chill of fear together with a cacophony of a myriad opposing thoughts in her mind: What if this God they have known all these years, has actually been fooling them all along? What if the snake is right, and they have potential for so much more, but God does not want them to have what He’s got? What if God’s intentions are actually evil and He is keeping them from eating the fruit that will enable them to see this? God is so big and powerful, and they are so small and vulnerable in comparison, how will they be able to protect themselves? Why would the snake tell her this if it was not true? How can she even speak to God about her encounter here? If He is not been truthful until now, He may kill them if they know the truth; He will think they have eaten the fruit because now they know He is actually evil... The only way they can protect themselves is for them to eat the fruit so that they can become like God... If they can become like God, they can make their own decisions and do what is right for them, and not only do what God wants them to do... So, as the thoughts race through her head, and her heart whirls with panic, fear, and the tumult of this unknown experience of distrust, she reaches for what seems to be the only option for self- protection... (Continued next Wednesday)
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Prev Next