As mentioned in a previous blog, a mist came up between the two creations in the Bible, the spiritual creation in Genesis Chapter1 and the material creation in Genesis Chapter 2. For this blog, I am going to equate that mist to the daily media, all the negative suggestions that bombarded us from the advertisements in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, computers, cell phones, etc. Their purpose is to instill fear or guilt to get me to buy their goods or convince me to do something I would not ordinarily do. I know when I read, listen, or watch the negative ads and take them in it negatively affects my life. It tries to distract me from seeing God’s spiritual creation. I try to mute all ads on TV, or fast-forward them if recorded.
It is such a temptation to talk about negative advertisements and let them consume my life. I resist that temptation as it leads to nothing good. I am not talking about the news of all the awful things going on in our world today. I cannot ignore these issues, but I don’t let them lead me down the wrong path. When possible, I do something about them, when not, I pray about them.
I learned that I did not have to spread these negative ads on to those I know. I could refuse to ‘affirm the negative.’ Once I allow it into my thought and repeat it, I have declared its reality, and then I have to go through the process of removing it from my thought, and affirming the truth of God’s spiritual creation. If it is not good, He did not create it. Now, I know that some of the ads that come out in the media appear to be real and threatening, but I have found that if I do not allow them into my thought in the first place, they have no power or authority over me, but I cannot ignore news of world issues that need my prayers. I have found a news station that reports factual, unbiased news and that helps.
In the allegory of Adam and Eve with the snake-talker, the snake is the mist. He lied to Eve, and she was beguiled and did eat the apple. She did not listen to God, as the snake distracted her from doing what she knew was right. Listening to the snake set Adam and Eve firmly in the material world and separated from God. The knowledge of good and evil made them subject to this material existence, where they now live in the “valley of the shadow of death” (Ps.23:4), where they are born, mature, decay, and die. Now they have to break through the mist and find their way back to God. I Corinthians 15:22. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
The above suggests the fall of man, but have no fear, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” I have found if I think in the spiritual, where God’s man has never fallen, even though I walk in the flesh, that it improves my experience. It really works. God can unify the world if we stop affirming the negative and love our neighbor.
In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he states in Matt. 5: 43-48, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
I learned that understanding the perfection of God and his creation proceeded demonstration in my experience. In Genesis chapter 1, God gave man dominion over the earth; he imparts the understanding and ability to do his will, which allows me to move smoothly even through in difficult situations. If he does that for me, he does that for everyone, as we are all his children. Jesus showed us the way; we just need to follow his example.
I have experiences daily where I affirm the truth of God’s creation, which improves my days. At my age, negative beliefs are floating around everywhere about age. I have heard it said regarding age, that it only gets worse as you get older. I refuse to let that into my thought. Who made that rule anyway? It certainly was not God, and if he did not make it, it is not valid. Another thing I try not to do is joke about age. I have to admit there are times when I fail, and I could kick myself, but then I understand that spiritual growth is a slow process for us mere mortals, so I give myself a break.
Affirming the positive is a way of loving my neighbor. No matter what confronted Jesus, he never said anything negative about anything or anyone. In Luke 4:8, the devil offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and he said, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” He used that phrase again when in Matt. 16:22, Peter refused to believe Jesus would suffer, be killed and rise, saying, “Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.” Jesus’ response in Matt 16:23, was, “… Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Again, he reminds us to keep our thought on God and His creation.
As I studied, I began to see that Jesus was responding to the ideas presented to him, rather than a devil or Peter personally. When I turn my back on something, it is because I do not want it in my life. I learned that Satan/devil is not a power but only an evil suggestion, I did not have to accept, and I could put it behind me, as Jesus did.
Love is power, and if everyone would live Love, it would heal all the evil in our world. There would be no negative ideas to affirm.
Love exterminates hate, as light extinguishes darkness.