Watching the news this morning for a little while. It would seem that the new administration is considering some pretty drastic measures aimed at North Korea. My only interest in this, for this article, is the negative connotation of almost all the news. North Korea is but a morsel. Never-the-less, it is disturbing. For me, though, there is always other news. I can’t tell you how much the news that I rely on could help many of you if you were not so prejudiced against it. That news is the Bible. That book helps us understand the frailty, and the cause of that frailty, of the human race. It is not what you hear on TV or see in the movies. In actuality, it is a pragmatic treatise on how humans are supposed to be and the reason they are not that way. For our purposes, I am going to relate this metaphorically but you can take it the way you would like.
In Genesis the beginnings are spoken of. The creation of the earth and the heavens and all that is on or in it. There comes a place in the story where that dirty, low-down snake tempts Eve and Adam goes along. (Us guys understand this all to well!) The result of this is that both become aware, for the first time, of their nakedness. That nakedness is what this article is about.
In the sudden awareness of their nakedness comes their first glimpse of negativity. (eating of the apple is not the first, in case you’re wondering. You need to read the story to see what I am speaking of.) The fruit they ate was from the tree of good and evil. Again, I am speaking metaphorically. Let’s take this as a story and not fact. Let’s take this as though this is a metaphorical guide to what the root cause of all our problems are. Where the problems started and what they mean now. Have I lost some of you already? No? Good. Hang in there. I am not preaching to you. If I were I would ask you for money to support the building of my church and the university to follow and I would do all of this tax free. I would also become the Pope of the internet and….?
So, God finds Adam and sees that Adam is discomfited by his nakedness> “What have you done?” asks God of Adam. “Did you eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge?” It went downhill from there. It gave us the life we have now but that is another story.
It is the negativity of which I speak. We are all negative people. We are all subject, constantly, to negatives. I know what you are thinking, “I happen to be a very positive person!” Ok, good. I am also, but, not 100% of the time. I could be but for Adam and Eve and that, my friends, is the gist. Negativity is what was introduced into the world in Eden. Use the metaphor if you would like but we were not meant or created, as I think is true, to be this way. The world, since that regretful day, has always held a pall of negativity and that negativity manages to creep into every aspect of human life. The metaphor for this negativity, which includes corporate greed, is the name, Satan. The Bible gives it this name but you know it by those idiosyncrasies of your own life. Death, betrayal, greed, as afore mentioned, avarice, politics etc. (If you knew me personally you would know that I had to throw politics into the mix.)
This, then, is why forgiveness is so very important. Forgiveness is humbling and favorable to not forgiving. “Do unto others” is also one of the most important issues that should be a daily thought. The two of these go nicely hand in hand, right? What these two items from the Bible allow is the spurning of negativity in our lives. We know the difference between good and evil. You do and I do. In essence, we are all very simple beings. Clever to a fault but, simple. All it takes is three days without water to pretty much impair our progress to wealth, right. (Unless, like myself, you are the Pope of the internet. I guess I should capitalize “Internet” if I am the Pope of it, huh? It then becomes a proper noun, right? )
I do hope you read this far. I missed some of you who quit in disgust a paragraph in. Tell you what, quitters, I offer you dispensation as only the Pope of the Internet can give. That and five bucks will buy you a latte. Don’t be negative. Come back to If It Thinks!!!