What would it be like if you grew up without the Bible? What would it be like without someone telling you how to think? What would it be like if you were cast aside by society because you didn’t fit expectations? If you identify as a Christian, what would it be like not believing in God? Kind of freaky to ask, right? Would it freak you out to discover that God doesn’t believe in you? That God never has? Why would you believe in God when God doesn’t believe in you.
These questions invariably bring up ‘sin’ while ignoring the root cause of sin. Many a theologian and seminary graduate employ their indoctrination to move the convo to their indoctrinated belief of Salvation, that Jesus saves us from sin.
For example, this lesson preaches a merit-based belief system that values morality and obedience above all else. This modality is heavily skewed away from the the greatest command (Leviticus 19:18) towards their brand, which just so happens to hold a low opinion of humans in general.
No surprise there. The surprise is that so many believe it, and thereby are enslaved to that modality. Because it’s merit-based, you’ve got to check off the boxes. This is not ‘do unto others’ or ‘love your neighbor’ unconditionally. Nope. Lessons like these ignore love altogether, resulting in the very thing it claims to avoid. If it were true — that one has to perform in order to be saved — then Jesus lied on the cross when he told his fellow sufferer “today you will be in paradise.”
Back to the question: What would it be like?
All my life I was told that Jesus lived a perfect life, perfect because he was sinless. This ignores that Jesus ignored the law, physically assaulted people in the temple, and cursed one of his father’s creations, causing it to wither and die quickly.
If you want to know what it would be like, you’ve got to get rid of the old way of thinking (old wine) and it’s old wineskin. It’s obsessed with morality (fruit) at the expense of the roots. The fruit of sin is immoral action that hurt self and others. The roots of sin is believing the wrong things about yourself.
This checks out. In Genesis 3, Eve believes the lie that she is not like God. The instant she believes, she feels it, thinks it, and acts it. Her so-called ‘moral failure’ was not disobeying God, but believing she was not like God. That caused her disobedience, not some flaw in her.
It’s easier to believe in deceptions because they are fear-based. All deceptions contain (1) a kernel of truth — ‘like God’; (2) tied to lack — ‘not’; (3) tied to performance — eat. All deceptions follow this template in order to induce one into using their God-created super power of belief against themselves. Just merely believing that some woman believed what a talking snake told her about life, results in the exact same feeling, thoughts, and action she did.
You know what it’s like to believe that you’re not like God, so are you going to believe in who you were created to be?