Friday, November 26, 2004
Mechanisms of Love
Question: Why does humanity struggle with evil and will evil ever be eradicated?
Answer: First the natural, then the spiritual ...
Answer (Natural): I believe child abuse is at the center of the answer.
We struggle with darkness in ourselves... because of some unfulfilled soul-hole or life-requirement.
These life-pieces are attainable by various means but usually are first fulfilled by parents. Parents, then, have the opportunity to fail in this human requirement... and we do fail.
Our failures, as parents, stem from our traumatic or deficient experiences as children.
And whoever takes the role of mentor in the life of a young mind can also traumatize a child or omit needed affection, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual
physical - in terms of the sharing and training in coordination and athleticism as well as the sharing of and training in physical, non-sexual love.
emotional - as the brain is prepared to activate muscles for movement, so is the brain and heart trained to understand (by positive experiences) and maintain healthy expressions of love. We must "gaurd our hearts for from it flow the issues of life."
mental - the ability to concur using logic ... to devote a process of thought to a problem and arrive at an amiable answer ... so necessary and so neglected by many.
spiritual - love is ultimately spiritual and responsibility to care well is wholly granted by the same One who gives us all the above.
Answer (spiritual): I believe we neglect our most fulfilling and completing life-search, the search for God ... the One God, Yaweh.
We must exhibit and speak to our children concerning the utmost important aspect of love -
God gives us the ability to love when we have none to give.
One of the most neglectful things that can be perpetrated by us as parents is neglecting guide our children concerning their perception and responsiveness to the Creator of the Universe. World Views vary as widely as there are individuals on the planet. And that doesn't change when children are trained to perceive and worship God as well as to serve humanity in the Spirit of the Most High. Variations in perception and service will continue to fragment and kaleidoscope ...
througout all time.
But it must be taught that He is the Source of all love... even when we have none. For that is the most important building block of all felt purpose. And the Person of that Love must be exhibited highly - Yeshua Himself said -
"14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
And "Messiah loved us and gave His life for us while we were yet sinners." and "We love because He first loved us."
God is not just the "factory worker" who spits out one human with perfect freewill and goes on to the next. God, the One Maker of everything seen and unseen, is ultimately concerned with the eternal working of the mechanism of love in each of us.
"Simon Peter, do you love Me?" was Yeshua's primary concern with Peter... and it is with us also.
And if Yeshua really did make the universe at the side of His Father (Proverbs 8:20-36), then what would we be as humans if we never asked the questions concerning His way?
So the ability to train a child to ask that question herself is, itself, a divine skill... and the God of Wisdom loves to grant it to those parents...
who will ask for it.
Question, then, again: Will evil ever be eradicated?
If it were "No," there would never again be hope for smiling and the sharing of unhindered love.
And we can be so fatal in our wounded and traumatized, confused and crushed emotional states, that we wonder if evil will prevail. This author has been to the depths of despair so many times that it has become a familiar plunge - although now the heart of darkness is only plumbed some special - hurting - loved one could be rescued by my identification with that darkness.
But it is Yes.
And we all feel that "Yes" as a glimpse of hope in our hearts
or we would not continue to remember how ...
to share with another an innocent and unmerited ...
childlike and free ...
And this is the key to understanding God, the God of good who punishes evil ...
He will do EVERYTHING to secure unhindered love amongst humans - humans who will always have freewill.
We will live in a world unhindered by the myriad of traumas caused by evil-doing ...
and we will live in a world unhindered by the selfish and relentless ommissions of love in our families... when love was supposed to be first.
16 Whoever asks for a blessing in the land will be blessed by the God of Truth. Whoever swears an oath in the land will swear by the God of Truth. Past troubles are forgotten. They are hidden from my eyes.17 I will create a new heaven and a new earth. Past things will not be remembered. They will not come to mind. 18 Be glad, and rejoice forever in what I'm going to create, because I'm going to create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people to be a joy. 19 I will rejoice about Jerusalem and be glad about my people. Screaming and crying will no longer be heard in the city. 20 There will no longer be an infant who lives for only a few days or an old man who doesn't live a long life. Whoever lives to be a hundred years old will be thought of as young. Whoever dies before he is a hundred years old will be cursed as a sinner. 21 They will build houses and live there. They will plant vineyards and eat fruit from them. 22 They will not build homes and have others live there. They will not plant and have others eat from it. My people will live as long as trees, and my chosen ones will enjoy what they've done. 23 They will never again work for nothing. They will never again give birth to children who die young, because they will be offspring blessed by the LORD. The LORD will bless their descendants as well. 24 Before they call, I will answer. While they're still speaking, I will hear. 25 Wolves and lambs will feed together, lions will eat straw like oxen, and dust will be food for snakes. "They will not hurt or destroy anyone anywhere on my holy mountain," says the LORD.