Monday, January 25, 2016

Are Fact and Knowledge Enemies of Faith?

If ignorance is bliss and a supplement to faith, why did God plan for and permit man's being tempting and the fall from innocence in the Garden of Eden?  

We must first also presume God held domnion over the content of the Garden. Every aspect of the Garden, flora and fauna were specifically chosen by God. Ergo, God permitted Satan to enter and tempt.  His form while there is irrelevant.  Satan fulfilled a role (as he must) to function as a temptation for alternative choice.  Eating from the tree of knowledge brought opened Adam and Eve's eyes.  However, what God told them afterwards reveals the paradox. Go forth and multiply...  clearly, learning was essential for the souls in heaven to receive life and a body.  Since Eden, God is often placing man and mankind in a position where man must chose to disobey a commandment to fulfill a greater good(?) or an essential temporal requirement to bring about the exhaltation of man.  Even Christ was forced into a paradox where he had to choose.  That choice was so profound and its outcome so dire it prompted him to ask as he eventually felt death closing in to doubt God on the cross - "Why hast thou forsaken me? 

What was Christ choice?  I wrote about this in the book Uncertain Certainty: I will publish it even if I must on my own dime.  I promised Dad I would and must fulfill my promise.  This year - I promise my readers.

From UC - "What purpose does Christ’s life in a human body serve if the outcome - Christ acting as mankind’s advocate at judgment, and ruling over the earth’s inhabitants in the afterlife, was pre-ordained, and, Christ knew his calling and the outcome throughout his earthly life?  If Christ held an intimate and absolute knowledge of: God, i.e. proof of God; the pre-existence; his calling, and IF all his actions while on earth were foreordained - Christ’s presence on earth is needless.  Christ, under these conditions, has no need for Faith – he implicitly knows God and the conditions of his life for a certainty. The purpose for a thirty-three year life in human form is dubious, unless Christ is denied the explicit knowledge of God, the pre-existence, and his calling.  

I assert Christ could NOT have that knowledge and rise to his calling. Christ was first provided Free Will, then a human body, and sent to an environment filled with temptations of the flesh.  Christ, like all mankind, was required to negotiate these influences.  More than a typical soul, Christ’s work and his actions while alive, exclusively, must arise from FAITH that a God exists.  Christ’s actions in choosing, his decision-taking methods were requisite for him to attain his calling and prepare his spirit.  Only then could he progress into the Savior - our arbiter of faith, intention, and behaviors."

Why would a loving and compassionate celestial parent construct conflicting behavioral and belief standards if he was concerned about their eternal salvation? Why double down on the commandments by threatening non-obedience will disqualify souls from salavation?  There are reasons for this complication that offend some, if not many, Christians.  I'll offer the commandment to Ponder Scriptures - to read, consider and apply reason to what is learned - as my reasoning.  I want to please my Father In Heaven and I pray he accepts my motivations as legitimate.  To comprehend God's methods, we must investigate God and apply reason to his behaviors, instructions, and curious design.  

God is an emotional entity.  Emotions continue to influence his actions - perhaps to remain close to his offspring.  Conveying his wishes to us in the convoluted state we exist is enhanced with emotions.  God's plans for mankind and his hierarchy of needs are clarified with emotions.  These are important when man must read between the lines (and rationally guess at times) to obey - and fulfill God's unspoken wishes.  Emotions also bond God and man - sharing the same influences.  

Accepting a Father with emotions helps explain some of what ostensibly appears Godly "inconsistencies".  We can start with the single greatest complication mankind faces - inconsistent and irregular physical bodies and minds.  God's emotions also bode well for man if God's compassion and forgiveness acts to absolve non-compliant temporal behaviors. Singularly, this is the most important need for God's emotions as they relate to mankind.  God has favorites too.  Perhaps these were forged in the pre-existence - but they remain on earth when certain men's non-obedient choices and behaviors are not punished or replaced. Similarly, the best laid plans do not always realize the preferred Godly outcomes. God regularly picks a new soul and path to change the status quo - Saul/Paul is a clear example.  Noah is another. Samuel the Lamanite also reveals how, to realize an outcome, God works in mysterious and contradictory ways.  

I no longer try to rationalize God's emotions and inconsistencies.  His infinite wisdom, may, someday be explained, or, I develop sufficiently to comprehend the design and the means applied.  

The above is knowledge and it contains examples of fact.  My inability to possess faith is what inspired my study of these matters.  A head injury is explain in the Uncertain Certainty and how that event created a cognitive disconnect with specific projective mental functions - as my psychiatrist explained it.  To resolve a miriad of bad choices, horrible, destructive behaviors, and a decided hatred of God, I needed more than blind faith. Blind faith is what produced my dis belief and unrighteousness.  Only when I discovered information that presented a probablitiy God existed, and also explained how the human soul functioned, could I, with a clear conscience, believe in a God.  That information is detailed in the book. 

As a result, my personal beliefs see no conflict between knowledge, fact, and faith.  It is precisely because temporal man is incapable of knowing for a certainty God exists, that faith is always required - if a man chooses to believe is God and eternal salvation.    


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