This is really the most amazing Love story of How God So Loved The World That He Gave His Only Begotten Son and more about How much God Loves us as individuals. God is the Great Author who has given us His amazing Word and has magnified His Word above all His name. (Psa 138:2) Jesus Christ was The Word of God made flesh, and dwelt among us.
But this story has to start somewhere and for me, it started in one of the most unlikely of places. Stuart Best. I'm not sure if you are familiar with him, but he wrote a book entitled, "Darklight." In the book, he has an enormous amount of research about the word "agape" which is the love of God, and also has a lot on the idea that when Adam and Eve were created - they were created in the image of God and therefore - miniature agape loves - just like God Himself. Now if you are interested in reading "Darklight" you can google it or Stuart Best and delve into some of his research for yourself. He offers "Darklight" for free to download from his website. But I would have to say EMPHATICALLY that I do not recommend that you do that. I only read up to page 535 (there is over 700 pages) and I believe that the conclusions he reaches are false and actively contribute to the deception that I am trying to overturn here. If you feel led of the Lord to read that book, then please pray beforehand for discernment. I'm not so sure that the meat is worth all the bones that would have to be picked through.
I used to visit Stuart's website daily, but every couple days he announced the "potential" complete and utter annihilation of the planet on such and such a date. After a couple years of that and still no extinction level event I just couldn't take it anymore! The only reason I even bring up his name at all (since you may have noticed, I don't like to name names) is that some of what I learned in that book, helped to open my eyes to the truths I am expounding here.
So I loved the premise that Adam and Eve were little agape love people. If they were in the image of God who is love - then they were also pure love. So let's go back to the garden for a moment. God looked at Adam alone, and stated that it was "not good." Up until that time, everything had been very good or at least good. So God created Eve and brought her to Adam. (You know the story. But if you don't you can read it in the beginning of Genesis.) Two little love birds sitting in a tree.
Now I have read many many books about what happened in the garden. Every one of them different. So I know that there are many ways to interpret what happened in Eden and I have read and/or believed a good portion of them. I think it is a parable for many different things - so pray about this idea of agape love creatures in the image of God. I'm not making this up, I'm just the messenger. "Darklight" also touches on this.
So now the serpent has tempted Eve and she has eaten of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Word establishes the fact that Eve was deceived but that Adam WAS NOT deceived.
Here is Adam - a pure agape love creature - who has seen the object of his perfect love become a fallen creature right before his very eyes. Oh - we can say maybe he should of stopped her, maybe he could of talked to God - woulda, shoulda, coulda.
No he did what another famous romantic did in a similar situation. Maybe Shakespeare actually knew what happened back then? Romeo - having seen Juliet die after eating the poison - decides to join her in death - rather than live without her. Because Love always lays down His life for His friends.
When I first heard that idea my jaw about hit the floor.
If that was the case - then the fact that Adam subsequently blames both the woman and God for his disobedience becomes that much more poignant. Now a fallen creature Adam does not remember his noble agape love and pure motive sacrifice for Eve. Yet, that was the plan all along from God's perspective - because without the fall, there can be no plan of redemption. That is why - by Adam death was introduced, but by Jesus (the 2nd Adam) death was destroyed and thereby life was made available again. True agape love type life.
While we are still in the garden lets look around a little more. There is someone here who is not like the others, someone else who just doesn't belong. Someone who is NOT a pure agape love creature. Our adversary, satan who is pure hatred the polar opposite from God (and Adam and Eve when they were first created.) I read somewhere the idea that satan was able to get 1/3 of the angels to rebel because he convinced them that SINCE God was pure love - He would be unable to do anything about satan's revolt, satan thinking that he could use God's own Holy Character against Him. I'm sorry I can't remember who taught that so if you know please let me know and I will edit this to add the authors name. (Ma says she thinks it is Chuck Missler. Thanks Ma!)So the fall of man and subsequent redemption up to now and including the destruction of the power of death that satan has used to bind the human race, has not only saved man, but shown satan how God was willing to take on humanity in order to lay down His Own life for it. Thus proving to satan once and for all that the Lord can defeat satan without breaking His perfect Love and Character.
Ok, check in with you tomorrow! Has your head exploded yet? That is just the beginning! Love in Christ!