Papalovesyou wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:05 pm
Let me amplify. I don't see it as a matter of blame (or blaming). As creatures of free will separation occurred when a lack of trust resulted in a choice, which resulted in separation (mankind turned
from the Great Dance).
This is assuming, though, that Papa offers with complete clarity. It is true that we do turn from what is good, but when doing so we are seeking what appears to be something better, as Eve did in the garden. It was her desire for something good that blinded her conscience, her value of obedience. So while there are temporary separations, the desire within is to turn for the good. We suffer separation, then we discern the truth and come back to relationship. And of course, Papa never separates from us, which I think you agree.
So to me, it is not a matter of mankind "separating". It is a matter of all of us individually, inadvertently, separating ourselves from relationship. Jesus shows us that God has always loved and forgave without condition
The image of Papa has been grossly distorted as a consequence of separation and resultant fear. This fear has been amplified, as "men of God", seeing through "fallen"/fearful eyes, distorted His image of perfect love.
Well, the distortion is natural. We suffer, and we think we deserve to suffer. This is the action of the conscience itself. Jesus came, in part, to clear up the distortion and show us a way forward, right? He showed us a perfect love, as you say.
Eating of the tree of good and evil was a departure from the Great Dance, the loving trusting relationship with Papa, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Man turned away from God, not the other way around. I posit the conscience may be the Divine within, a spark of Love that prods us towards the Spirit, Who in turn, ponts us to brother Jesus.
Yes, we turn from Papa, but as Jesus observed of His crucifiers, we did not know what we were doing. Do you see that as soon as we say "man turned away from God", there is already likely a bit of blame in the statement? Blame is part of the workings of our conscience, prodding us to turn to the Spirit, and that is good, but there is a trade-off. The trade-off is that self-blame creates an inner division, we have a departure from holiness, wholeness. So while there is a place for this self-blame, once we have indeed turned to God, and Love is our guide, we no longer need the self-blame. We can see our own lack of awareness that led to our poor choices, and we can forgive just as Papa forgives, just as Jesus forgave from the cross.
We can come to see that eating of the tree was merely part of our own growth. We seek what is good, we make errors due to lack of awareness, we suffer, and then we learn. I don't see how God laments this, even though we learn so slowly.
Yes, our Brother Jesus comes and clarifies who Papa is, He shows us that He has loved us all along and never held a grudge!
Jesus modeled a re-turning
to the trust and love of the Great Dance. If we look back and read what has been purported to be the Words of Jesus, and filter that through the lens of Love, the truth will set us FREE!