By James Pugh, God Is Government
Psalm 8:5 and Hebrew 2:8 tell us that man was created lower than the angels. We, in God’s Kingdom, are constitutionally inferior.
We may ask, now why would God do this? God did this to demonstrate what He could do with less when less was solely dependent upon Him than what He could have done with more when they rebelled against Him.
Creation of humanity was to demonstrate God’s glory and to advance His Kingdom in history. Now we need to realize that, in doing this, God decided to work through the lesser creature (humanity). God would not skip man to advance His Kingdom but He would only do this when man was subordinate to Him.
So it was God’s plan to create humanity and have humanity, through God, rule over the earth with the power of God’s sovereignty and, in doing so, to show basically to Satan what God can do with humans that Satan could not do by being an angel.
The stage was set and the captains of the war machine were at their posts – God in Heaven; Satan on earth. As long as there were no human beings on earth, Satan could rule on earth; God, being in Heaven, separated himself from Satan’s evils, and there was no war. This all changed with God’s decision to renovate earth and create humanity.
Once God had created Adam and fashioned Eve, the chess board was set for who would win the upcoming first battle. It was an invisible battle, but culminated in a physical activity and revealing.
The battle was for the mind; however, the battle was not between God and Satan, but the lesser creature Satan and man. This battle was whether or not Adam would obey God’s rules about the eating of the food within the Garden of Eden. Well, we know how that story went.
In Genesis 2:16-17 God instructed Adam by saying “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
In Genesis 3:6-12, the story of Adam and Eve disobeying God says:
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
It is important to look at the battle tactics used in this first spiritual war battle. God had given the orders to Adam who, by God’s Covenant, was responsible for Eve and dominion over earth.
Satan’s plan was to divide and conquer. Satan went to Eve, not Adam. This was not an accident. This was on purpose. His purpose was to use Eve to flip the hierarchy of God’s command structure. Eve’s position was underneath Adam, as Adam was underneath God based upon God’s divine order of governance.
We will see this tactic used throughout our entire history over and over as will come to see on this journey.
Adam and Eve having lost their battle with Satan now placed humanity outside of God’s Covenant. As such, God had to change the Covenant in order to provide redemption, because God was not going to change His Kingdom plan for humanity.
In Genesis 3:15, God says “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
This verse tells us that from Eve, God would provide a seed (a bloodline) that would produce a redeemer which shall have separation of Satan.
Interesting to note that, God separated Adam from this entire discussion. Why is that do you think? In the process of conception it is the male who provides the necessary ingredient to fertilize the female egg in order to produce a fetus.
What is God telling us here? He is telling us here well in advance of His coming to Mary and choosing her to bear the Son of God that man would have no role in the process.
I believe He is telling man, because of His disobedience, that it is his sperm that causes sinful nature to be passed throughout generations. And the primary reason I believe this is that God told Adam not to eat of the tree, God signed a Covenant with Adam of obedience and in that Covenant was the responsible hierarchy of God’s chain of command. And because he failed to obey, it is man that passes the sinful nature to children.
God also conceived Jesus with Mary, and said He is without sin but a God-man.
In Genesis 4:1-2 it says, “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bore his brother, Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”
From the previous comment on the male passing on the sinful nature, we look at the symbolism in these two verses based upon the outcome of life after birth.
In verse 1, Adam says I have gotten a man from the Lord – Cain (sin or evil). In verse 2, Eve says I have a keeper of sheep – Abel (good). What we find in looking further in history was Cain was a hell raiser and kills his brother Abel and now Eve has no seed from which God’s redeemer would come from. God had to give Adam and Eve another seedling (child) that we know is Seth who through his linage Jesus came. So Seth created the bloodline of Jesus.
But let’s look a little deeper here because we will find history repeats itself. Just as God (good) had separated Himself from Satan (evil) in the spiritual realm, we find that now we have the same in the physical realm.
Cain being of the bloodline of the serpent and his bloodline through history identifies with evil and had Abel lived it would have been Abel’s bloodline of Jesus. Since Cain killed Abel, God gave Eve another seed, the bloodline of Jesus came from Seth.
If you recall the story of Cain, He was exiled and God made a promise to Cain not to allow him to be killed. Cain’s linage was the Cainites. Again, we should ask the question of why. Many scholars have very different views of why Cain was not killed. But when we look at history backwards (future proves past), we get a completely different reason for the leniency.
What we find is the victory of Satan in the first battle created a battle strategy that will last for all eternity until Jesus comes. This battle was caused by Adam’s disobedience, and it is a constant battle that goes on 24×7/365 – even today.
It is the battle of the mind. This is an invisible war but has tremendous outward repercussions. The minute Adam moved outside the cover of God’s Covenant and he and Eve eat of the forbidden tree, their minds were opened up to good and evil.
I wonder what would have happened if Adam did not eat of the fruit and obeyed God. We are told before the taking from the forbidden tree in Genesis 2:25, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
Can you image being naked with absolute no protection on your skin in a Garden where the sun was by day and the moon by night and not even being hot or cold but just there? Well that what this verse 25 is telling us. They were not ashamed but on top of that they were not hot or cold but just there.
In Genesis 3:7-8 we are told, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.”
Wow! Immediately upon eating of the tree, not only did they see themselves as naked and had to put on coverings because of being ashamed at their bodies, but they felt cold – in the cool of the day.
So now the battle lines have been drawn for the on-going war between humanity and Satan. Remember, God gave man Universal Laws to live in relationship with Him. Four of these Laws are:
- The Law of Thought
- The Law of Free Will
- The law of Focus
- The Law of Expansion.
It is due to these Laws, we battle every day with Satan to stay in-spirit and obedient to God.
The Law of Thought
In Genesis 1:28 God told man to be fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue the earth. To do so required man to be able to determine how this was to happen. For God did not give man the specific manner by which to accomplish this but only to accomplish it.
The process of determining how to do these things was through a thought process of man. He had to not only be able to think but he had to apply certain logic not only to his thoughts but to the process itself. While we are only told of this law in the writings we were not given the details of how the principle of thought worked.
The key here is in the word subdue – the process of the specific thought that God told man to perform. In this statement, God was actually telling man to bring under mental or emotional control his thoughts as to how to acquire the knowledge of and mastery over his material environment.
What God told man was to go do all these, this but first, you have to figure out how to do it. Now here is where science has had a field day of this through time. God said there was a process to this thought thing and the how was up to man to figure out.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia defined “The Law of Thought” as a set of fundamental axiomatic rules (a system of any set of axioms from which some or all axioms can be used in conjunction to logically derive theorems20) upon which rational discourse itself is based. The rules have a long tradition in the history of philosophy. They are laws that guide and underline everyone’s thinking, thoughts, expressions, discussions, etc.”
It was the Greek philosopher Aristotle who began to define the sub laws of thought. Throughout history from Aristotle to today’s scientists and philosophers we are continuing to define the sub laws of thought.
It is not important to our understanding to review each and every one of these sub laws of the Law of Thought. What is important for our understanding is that Source gave us the ability to think for ourselves.
Scriptures that deal with thoughts and actions are as follows.
Philippians 4:8 ESV “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Romans 12:2 ESV “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Mark 7:20-22 ESV “And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.”
The Law of Free Will
We are only the thinkers in our own mind. There is no one or nothing that causes us to think the way we do other than ourselves. As we come to know and understand that our thoughts are the causation factor of what experiences we have in Life – thoughts are the reason or cause behind everything we experience in Life – we will understand why it is so important to think in the right manner.
While we were told from ancient writings to biblical translations that our thoughts and actions govern our Life, our ability to choose what we want to think about is what makes us free individuals – it is the key to freedom.
Here again in Genesis 1:28 God didn’t tell man how to go be fruitful, multiply, replenish or subdue. What he told man was to go do these things and do them as you learn how to do them. Thus, not only did God give man freedom over dominion of every living thing that moved upon the earth but the ability to think on whatever he wanted.
The Law of Focus
This Law tells us that whatever we focus our attention on grows. This is one Law where the rubber meets the road. We are all 100% energy – everything even our thoughts are energy. This means that whatever we focus on and give thought too we energize “bringing to Life”. Have you ever said to yourself “My problems don’t bother me if I don’t think about them; or, I’m so busy feeling good that I don’t have time to feel bad!” On first glance, these two statements might sound ridiculous, but if you think about them, both contain vital truths about the way the mind works. We are consciousness and nothing else.
This is a great key to success in every area of life because it means that no matter what your situation is, you can change it by changing the focus of your attention. Thus, wise men and women understand how crucial it is to take control of their minds and focus their attention on objects or experiences of their own choosing—instead of being tossed around or influenced by outer circumstances and other people’s opinions.2
The Law of Expansion
The last law relating to this single verse is the Law of Expansion. This law relates to our ability to learn. It could be called the law of learning but if we did then the law would not be what our Source actually told us to do. He told us to be fruitful, multiply and replenish.
This is true expansion. Yes, we had to learn how to do these things but, in the act of doing, we collectively, as humanity, had to embrace this entire process. So what is expansion?
The better question is what is it not? Expansion is everything. If we looked at the growth pattern of a seed producing a beautiful flower, vegetables for nourishment, or a tree the minute the seed begins to grow it is expanding itself.
If we look at the growth of a baby into adulthood, the baby is expanding itself in growth of bones, body size, and knowledge about the Life they came forth to live. Everything requires itself to expand.
So when we look to our ability to know we have to look to the ability of thought through the Law of Thought. It is through the Law of Free Will we get to think about what we want to think about and learn what we want to understand. None of this could be possible without the Law of Focus, which keeps our thoughts on a single focus for whatever we wish to think about.
It is through our thoughts and our learning of knowledge that allows us to be fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue – expanding our universe.
God labeling the trees as he did was an enticement to Adam and Eve to begin with. Why is this? God has just given them Life, and as such, had commissioned them to go forth and be fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue. He did not tell them how to do this, but in actuality, he told them to do this as they learned how – knowledge.
So who wouldn’t be tempted to eat of a tree that could provide them knowledge as to how to go do these things commanded to do? They already had Life but they needed knowledge.
What God gave Adam and Eve was limited knowledge of finite things regarding Life. He wanted to test them to determine whether they looked to the spiritual knowledge He opened to them and seek more of that through the Tree of Life where all knowledge would be given.
However, in the finite knowledge base of Eve, and then Adam, they had not yet linked the thoughts of the mind to the spirit of the soul. They only knew of the things they could understand at that time.
So in this test, Adam and Eve yielded to themselves (their ego minds), and failed to see that knowledge really was within the Tree of Life. So when they ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, their minds were open to identify with good and evil.
They still had their soul as given to them by God and the ability to seek the spiritual truths through their spiritual mind that was connected to God; however, instead of their minds only identifying with the thoughts of the soul they now had open to them the understanding that they were in control over good and evil – their own minds.
This is called separation.