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Chapter 5 - The Curse
God had no such delusions about the ‘nobility’ of man. Because of the evil in our selfish hearts, he changed the natural world so that we would have hardship and difficulty.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. - Genesis 3:17-19
One might question if God was angry, vengeful, or spiteful to so punish all of us for one sin. However, such conjecture is based on a view that man’s greatest good lies in the direction of his comfort and ease. A different perspective might see what God did as loving protection.
Consider two wealthy fathers of young men who both rebel against their fathers. One father chooses to cut off all funds from his rebellious son. The other father allows his son to continue access to his funds. The first son has to find a job to earn the money he needs to eat. The second son continues to finance whatever indulgences and whims he fancies. The difficulties the first son encounters help him come to understand reality and truth. The delusions and dissipations of the second son carry him increasingly further from truth.
The natural world was made hostile to us and even our DNA was changed to facilitate a shorter life and the prevalence of disease and disability. It is these limitations and difficulties that show us our need for God.
Today technology has largely lifted the burden of a hostile natural world and replaced it with a comfortable social world. These comforts are not blessings from God so much as seductions from Satan to divert us into the paths he would have us take. This is described in more detail in ‘The Satanic History of the World’.
To consider how effective these manipulations have been in getting us to be disinterested in God, one might see prisons and hospitals as some of the last places where people might still come to have an interest in God.
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