A Well Intentioned god.

A well intentioned god came along and made people. He meant to be the hero but couldn’t stop being the villain.

He thought people were “good” (deep down and naturally) but just didn’t know what “good” was. He reasoned to himself that ignorance thwarted their desperate attempts at being “good”.

“A ha” he said with a light bulb above his head “I’ll teach them what “good” is!”

So he went to start and just before the first word left his mouth he realized that he didn’t know what “good” was.

What was he to do?

“A ha” he said again “I’ll find the “good”

So he searched and he searched.

He criss crossed a basket weave over all of existence and at the end of his trials he stood empty handed because “What is” when asked concerning the “good” said nothing.

“A ha” he said yet again “I know what I shall do. I shall make the “good””

With nothing to base the “good” on except his own preference he based it on that.

Of course he was more coy about that fact to both himself and the people he’d made.

He would sometimes say when asked “oh that’s good because, er, because it allows you to harvest more, or stops you being sick” but mostly he just said “it’s good because it’s good”

Once the good was set up (the people called them laws) he thought to himself “my work is done. Now they have been told what to do they can carry on without being told anymore”

Many generations of the people were born and died when he thought “I’m going to go check in on those “good” people. It will be “good” to bask in my prior accomplishments.”

So he went back and discovered it was somehow worse than he left it.

What had gone wrong?

He wiped the people out.

“Start from scratch.” he said.

So he made the people again and gave them the “good” he had made again. Now though he stayed to see what would happen.

Silently he watched from the ether. He watched and he saw.

He saw that it had nothing to do with the content of the “good”; nothing to do with what the particular laws said.

There was a surface and a depth to the application of “good”.

On the surface the “good” worked. It told people what they could or couldn’t do and what they could do to the people who did what they couldn’t.

Below that though the law had taken on another function unpredicted by him.

The “good” became synomous with trust. People trusted “good” people and they knew who was “good”and who wasn’t by looking at the law.

“All well and good, ” mumbled our protagonist “or at least it would be if some people didn’t have the cheek to disregard my “good”.

“Now there are people who want to harm other people or exploit them and I’ve given them the perfect disguise!

“They can hide behind the “good”. If I hadn’t made the good in the first place they’d have nowhere to hide and everyone would see their rapacity.

“And that’s not all! Their sacrilege knows no bounds because those very men who want to bind others to their own interests have re-fashioned the “good” as they see fit.”

He stared around him at the mess he’d made. He was about to wipe the people out again but then thought better.

“That’s enough meddling for me don’t you think?” He said through the 4th wall.

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What is the Law for?

What is the law for?

The law is not for what you think it is for!

See most people believe that the law is something we are supposed to use as a guide; something we are supposed to try to fulfil. This is a total error.

The law is there to show us how weak, powerless, futile and wretched we are. In fact the main purpose of the law is to show us how we don’t even have control over ourselves!

In relation to sin the law is there to make us sin more!

What is sin? It comes from the Greek word “hamartia” (missing the mark). I believe it was a term used in archery. All the law is, is a mark set up for us to fail at hitting!

Anything can become a law.

Do not eat sugar, stop smoking, work harder.

We constantly bind ourselves up in law without even noticing it!

Ultimately the purpose of law is to bring us to Christ by making us realize how powerless and wretched we are so we cry out to him to save us!

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

(In fact read Romans 7 and 8! Paul says it much better than I do!)

The law is there to make sin appear sinful (Romans 7:13), to make sin bear fruit unto death (Romans 7:5) so that death will have its perfect work in making us die to this world of sin and death so that Father can make us live in Christ!

Forget the law, move on from the school-master and walk with Him who fulfilled the law!

The law can become an idol to us that are in the grace of God because we are supposed to walk by faith and not by sight. The law is a very visible comfort; it puffs you up, it makes you self-righteous, arrogant, disdainful, and ultimately it will kill you! But that is good because you die to death only so that you live to life!

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” 1 John 2:27