15 October 2013

Who Told You That You Were Naked?

While on the fringe of my last post, I want to keep exposing just who it is that's feeding you fruit from the wrong tree.
Forget everything you've been taught about this story.

Honestly, everything you've been taught about God comes from a very unexpected source. And I do mean everything. Those that educate you in the ways of God get their information from one place - the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This tree's root system has been burrowing in the hearts and lives of billions of people all over the globe for thousands of years. The roots have grown so deep that most can't determine, nor even remotely see, the Truth that's shining so brightly in the sky.

Just because a preacher or devout Christian knows Scripture doesn't mean they have a clue who Jesus is or what God really wants. Just because a pastor has a successful ministry or a beloved missionary that is building churches in a third world country doesn't mean a thing. The very fact that these people have an organization built in God's name shows that they don't know who he is at all.

Everything God did was trying to steer us away from what we're taught. He did not want us consuming the fruit of good and evil, right and wrong, good and bad, righteousness and sin, heaven and hell, angels and demons etc (Gen 2:16-17). All of this stuff is fruit God clearly told us not to eat from.

However, every single Christian in this world seems bent on shoving it down your throat. They sell their agenda with the hope that you will buy in. They present a fruit that appears so delicious and good to eat, at first, but once you take a bite, your world comes crashing down. You begin to struggle with so much illusion and false pretense that you don't know which way is up (Gen 3:6). Your mind and spirit can't handle it. At first, you're promised all this freedom and love. It seems right and you're high on life, but it only leads to death. It all starts catching up with you and you later feel defeated. It destroys you. I know. I know because I grew up in it and it's all I was ever taught. It's happened to me and every single Christian around me.

Honestly, for about a year now, I've been gnawing at the bit to write about these two trees - the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The only reason I've held back was to slowly try to build up to this moment. I tried many times to reveal it sooner, but I was only rejected by Christians and considered off my rocker (Mat 5:10-12). I'm constantly being told that I'm just angry and allowing darkness to manipulate me.

Well, they couldn't be further from the truth. And now is the time. ~:-)

In the Garden of Eden, what was the first thing that Adam and Eve discovered when they ate the "forbidden fruit"? Quite simply, they saw they were naked (Gen 3:7). We all know this. This is nothing new. But this is the problem.

In fact, Adam and Eve were naked the whole time. They were naked in the garden with God, but they never had a clue. They had no concept of being naked until they ate the fruit. This awareness caused them all kinds of problems.

The first thing they did was gather fig leaves and sew them together (Gen 3:7). They made a garment that they could quickly take on and off (in Hebrew the word references something more like an apron and not clothes you wear). In other words, they were not trying to cover their private parts. If you're going to hide from the Creator of the Universe, you're not going to sew some skimpy little outfit that covers your penis or vagina. No, you're going to make something you can quickly use to cover a large portion of your body. Then, you're going to climb a tree with your apron of leaves and blend in as much as you can with the surroundings. The point was to hide from God, not cover their sexual organs.

Once they completed their camo, Adam and Eve heard God coming in their direction (Gen 3:8). So they hid. They did such a great job of veiling their bodies that God had a hard time spotting them. Finally God called out for Adam, "Where are you?" (Gen 3:9). Adam said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself." (Gen 3:10).

No big deal, right? They were hiding from God because they were afraid; they were afraid because they were naked. We all get that. But what's not being said here?

What you're (purposely) never taught about this story is that they were, in fact, naked the whole time. Yes, they were naked the entire time they were alive in the garden with God. They were exposed and created without a covering (Job 1:21). They actually remained this way until just before they left the garden (Gen 3:21).

Now that's some crazy sounding stuff, isn't it? But this doesn't add up. Why would being naked all of a sudden be a problem? Well let's take a look.

After Adam replied to God and explained why he was hiding, God says something quite shocking. What did he say? Here, let me quote the conversation for you:
But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” (Gen 3:9-11)
Did you catch it?

Of all the things to say to Adam, the first Words out of God's mouth is not what you'd expect. He didn't say "I don't like you hiding from me," or "I saw what you did back there." No, he replied, "Who told you that you were naked?" (Gen 3:11).

Let that sink in for a second...

No, really. Think about it. He said, "Who told you that you were naked?"

Well, who told Adam and Eve they were naked? It wasn't God. We see here that God never said anything about it. He wasn't the one who revealed that they were exposed. Adam and Eve had no concept of being naked, or of being afraid for that matter. Although God knew what he saw, he never said a word (Gen 3:22).

So if it wasn't God who told them, then who was it? God's next question shows us who did, "Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" The tree told them. The knowledge of good and evil exposed them to something they never knew before. Because of this tree, they saw something very different from the way God wanted.

God knew they were naked the whole time. In fact, he specifically made them this way and said it was good (Gen 1:31). The wisdom they gained from the fruit made them instantly see things with the wrong perspective (Luke 2:30). It wasn't healthy or good for them to think this way.

So let me ask you something.

Who told you that you were naked? In other words, who told you that there was something wrong with you? Who taught you to be afraid of the person that God created you to be? Who led you to believe that you were inherently evil? Who told you that you were acting inappropriately or were full of wrong-doing (sin)? Who made you believe God was someone to fear? Who introduced you to the wrath of God in your life? Let me ask it another way. Is there a specific group of people that make you feel you feel uncomfortable...like you need to be careful what you say and how you act when you're around them? You get the idea. I'm talking about Christians.

The Truth is, God made you just the way you are (Psa 139:13-16). Don't let anyone or any religion make you believe differently. It's fruit from the wrong tree. Trust me, you don't want what they have. They're a dying breed (Gen 2:17).

Honestly, God never told you that you're a sinner. He didn't tell you that you weren't good enough. He didn't tell you that you were so bad that you needed to be rescued from your disobedience and unrighteousness. He didn't teach you any of these things. In fact, he says quite differently (1 Pet 2:9, Rom 8:37-39). It had to be someone else who told you all this. It had to be someone who God doesn't want you to be around; someone who eats from the tree that God told us not to eat from (Gen 3:14-15Gen 3:1-7).

The only person that could reveal this knowledge to you is a person who eats the fruit. There were only two people in the garden that knew what this tree could do. One was God and the other was the serpent. The serpent knew about the tree's wisdom and he shared what he understood with Adam and Eve. Basically, his fruit surely showed (Mat 7:15-20). However, God tried his best to warn them from eating it. He knew what the wisdom from the tree could do and he didn't want them to have any part of it.

God never mentioned to Adam and Eve there was anything wrong because there wasn't. There was nothing wrong and there was nothing to be afraid of. Yet, Adam and Eve believed differently (Gen 3:7).
Christians - They appear innocent, but when you look closer...

There is a group of people who believe opposite from what God wants. They are concerned with your nakedness. They are concerned about your character and actions because they don't believe it's been taken care of already (1 John 2:1-2). They don't believe you're right with God and don't believe Jesus was good enough to make you whole again - to bring you back to the way things were before Adam and Eve ate the fruit (John 3:16-17). Stay away from Christians. Don't listen to anything they say. They are, in fact, the serpent.

God is not concerned with your nakedness. He does not care about your sin nor does he care about your disobedience to his commands (Mat 5:17-20). He doesn't want you to know the difference between good and evil. All he cares about is that you believe in yourself and know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you (Gen 3:11). Know this.

However, just like God always does, he fixes what we mess up. Adam and Eve may have royally jacked it up, but God is infamous for fixing things (Gen 3:21). Even though you have the knowledge of sin and death or what is good and evil, even though you've been taught the things God never wanted you to have, God gave you an even greater awareness that trumps it all (Col 2:6-15). He gave you Jesus. He gave you complete forgiveness. He gave you his Son which is the only way that you can be rescued from this knowledge of sin and death.

Jesus made the world right with God and he did this for anyone who struggles with being naked.

Who told you that you were naked? Who told you there was something wrong with you? It wasn't God.

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