Have you ever read The Allegory of the Cave by Plato? In brief, it’s about deception, delusion and control of perceived reality. A group of people sit in a cave watching shadows of images cast by others on the wall of the cave all their life! They “think” this is real, until one looks back over their shoulder to “see what actually is going on,” they get up and walk past the “actors” and “out of the cave into the light”! I had to read that for a philosophy course in college. Naturally, now that I was “educated” with a History degree, I was “smarter” than most because I “saw more.”
I’m sure we’ve all had our “walking of the cave” and into the light experiences from time to time. However, recently something else happened. I was introduced to some information about The United States Constitution that got me up and walking out of the cave and into the light, only to find I just walked into the set of The Truman Show!
What if I told you, that what we thought the answer was turns out to be the root of the problem?
Take the test for yourself to see how much you think you know about The Word of The Father vs the words of the founding fathers.
For me, a moment of clarity came with this sentence: “Christians must stop serving two masters. We must choose between the document that begins ‘We the People,’ and the one that begins ‘In the beginning God.’ We must choose between a government of, by, and for the people and a government of, by, and for Yahweh.”
After reading through some of Weiland’s material last week, I wrote an email to Ted in which I told him, “When I was a youth one of the fun (and stupid things) we would do from time to time was to break open a golf ball, (you ever do that?), in the middle was a small pink ball that would bounce really high, like the super balls. However, to get to the core, the golf ball was wrapped really, really tight with elastic, and once you got the outer shell off, then those ‘rubber bands’ would unravel at a high rate of speed! Which was fun. I feel like that golf ball. So many things are unraveling at a high rate of speed!”
It’s becoming more obvious that ‘the systems of man’, religion (pick your ‘ism’, denomination, sect, etc.), government, education programs, social mores et al, are all designed to hack at the branches, or reform the fruit, rake the leaves and even fertilize the soil, to get a ‘more perfect Union’, a Greater Society, a smarter generation, a better world, a bigger church,
a better You!
Isn’t there a way that seems right to a man, but the end leads to death?
Genesis 11 records where men got together and said, “Let us make bricks for stone, let us build for ourselves a city, let us make a name for ourselves!” That stands in contrast to God’s Name and His 1st Commandment, He makes stones, and He wants us in His Garden not cities!
What do you get when you get all mixed up in Genesis 11? Babylon!
Are you tired of chopping wood and carrying water? Hacking at another abomination all the while you may be one? Thinking another vote will count to turn a Red State Blue or a Blue State Red? Wondering why your prayers to end abortion haven’t been heard by THE High Court? Still think you got to fight for your right to bear arms when it was yours all along?
I suggest we all go back to The Beginning to get Understanding . The answers for the end are The Beginning! “Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’.
Ask yourself, your seasoned ‘Christian’ friends and just plain strangers to accurately name the 2 trees in The Garden? I suggest Our Father (not founding fathers) didn’t plant The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. You never see this tree again in Scripture! Matter of fact it’s only mentions twice in Genesis 2. However, you do find The Tree of Life 10 more times in your Bible! There are 2 in Genesis, 6 in Proverbs and 2 in Revelation.
Now ask yourself, your seasoned ‘Christian’ friends and just plain strangers to accurately name the 2 seeds in The Garden? There were the Seed of the Serpent vs. Seed of the Woman. (Women don’t have seeds, they have eggs, but that’s for another discussion.)
No wonder Nicodemus didn’t get it in John 3! Nicodemus said to Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” To which ‘Jesus’ leaned forward, almost incredulously asks; ‘Jesus’ answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?
So here we are, later in the ages. It’s later than it has ever been and more and more Truth is being revealed ( Mark 4:22; Matt 13:11; Deuteronomy 29:29; Job 12:22; Amos 3:7; I Cor 2 7-10; Proverbs 25:2)
Which tree did the ‘angel of Light’ focus on? It was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Tree we are all born under. Many would make a case that there are good things from the Good Side of the Tree of Knowledge, all the while pointing out that at least we’re not like those evil people on the other side!
What’s wrong with this line of thought? It’s the wrong tree!
One who is Smarter than we said that Death was the produce of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil! You are what you eat. That which you consume consumes you. Our Father instructed us to eat from any other tree, including the Tree of Life. He wants us to have Life! So much so He Sent His Son of Liberty to Proclaim Liberty and to Restore
Perhaps, when He told us to take up ‘our cross,’ (that other tree, the one that seems right to a man but ends in death, that one we are to deny self), take it up, root it out like The Master Gardener did in His Garden and left behind His Tree, The Tree of Life! To follow Him =Tree of Life.
If one comes in with a better way to form a ‘more perfect union’ that seems right and pleasing to the eyes (Gen 3:6), then perhaps, just perhaps, certain men crept in unaware in 1788 (Jud 1:4-5).
Do you still want hold this Tree to be self-evident? Because it is self-evident where rightly did Isaiah prophesy of us, Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter (Isaiah 5:20).
I close with an admonition from Psalm 1, knowing that you might be in the cave, and then knowing that just because you walk out of the cave doesn’t mean you discern that you’re not walking into The Truman Show.
Blessed is the person who does not
follow the advice of wicked people,
take the path of sinners,
or join the company of mockers.
2 Rather, he delights in the teachings of Yahweh
and reflects on his teachings day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted beside streams—
a tree that produces fruit in season
and whose leaves do not wither.
He succeeds in everything he does.
4 Wicked people are not like that.
Instead, they are like husks that the wind blows away.
5 That is why wicked people will not be able to stand in the judgment
and sinners will not be able to stand where righteous people gather.
6 Yahweh knows the way of righteous people,
but the way of wicked people will end.