His Infinite Will
Many people assume that the transgression of Adam is destined to eternally alter the original plan and will of the Creator. This idea is supposed to be supported by the unlimited words in the translations (especially the King James Version) that were translated from the Greek aion (aion) and its adjective aionion (aionion).
We will deal with these words and phrases later, but for now let us consider the implication that Adam committed an act that resulted in the miscarriage of Yahweh’s original plan and perfect will.
To say that the Creator created a creature that was able to prevent his infinite will from being fulfilled is to exalt the creature above his Creator and creates an eternal lack that stands as an eternal witness against the sovereignty of the Almighty. For if the Creator wished for that which he could not possess and desired to achieve that which he, in his infinite wisdom, knew he could not achieve, it creates for him an eternal state of want and lack. If in creating a creature to express his attributes, he did not foresee the creature’s rebellion and failed to produce that which he sought to produce, it stands as an infinite testimony against both his omniscience and his omnipotence. Again I say that it would exalt the creature to a position above the Creator.
Perhaps one could argue that the Creator foresaw the rebellion and never intended that all his creatures would be saved, but that he originally intended to save some and others he created with the intentions to damn. If this argument could be proven, it would establish his omnipotence and his omniscience while reducing his character, wisdom, and mercy to the level of the heathen’s mythical gods. If we feel compelled to vindicate him, would we not be wiser to attempt to vindicate his loving character, than we would to destroy it in our effort to establish his omnipotence and his omniscience?
Some of the unanswered questions that have hung heavy over the traditional Christian theory are in connection with the temptation and the fall of man, namely:
· Why did Yahweh put the deadly Tree of Knowledge in the garden in full view of his innocent children that were, at that time, unaware of good and evil, especially since he was aware that it bore the fruit of eternal death?
· If it offered no benefit to the human family, what then was its purpose?
· Yahweh surly knew it had the potential, if looked upon, to entice one to partake of it. Why was Adam required to take care of it?
· What reason do the scriptures give for this tree to be placed in the garden of innocence?
· Was Yahweh unaware that subtle Satan lurked in the garden, and that he was hostile toward Yahweh and bent on using the sinless couple to get at Yahweh’s plan?
· Did Yahweh not know what Satan would do before he cast him out of heaven?
· If Yahweh was aware Satan would deceive the couple and if he had no purpose in the maneuver, why did he not cast him into outer darkness at the time of his transgression?
· Was not Satan a greater threat in the garden than he was in heaven?
· Did Yahweh not know what Adam would do before he placed the tree in the garden?
· Did he not foresee the consequences of exposing his creation to the forbidden fruit?
· Was Yahweh not the creator of the tree, the man, and the tempter?
· Was there anything inside Adam’s heart that Yahweh did not put there?
· Did the rebellious couple have the knowledge of good and evil before they ate from the tree? If not, how could their sin have eternal consequences? If they knew the difference between good and evil, what did the Father mean when He said, “Behold the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil …,” Genesis 3:22.
· Was the tempter a stranger to Yahweh?
· As the creator of the man, the tree, and the serpent, was not Yahweh alone the causative agent and the one responsible for their actions?
· If Yahweh was not the causative agent of the mind of Adam, what force or creator must we look to?
We know that all the above questions are foolish. Yahweh is omniscient (all knowing); he could not reveal the future to us if he could not discern the future himself. He is omnipotent (all powerful); there is no power above him. He is the Supreme; and as such he was, is, and will forever be in full control. He does nothing without purpose, and his plans are perfect.
We will deny the omniscience of Yahweh if we say he did not know what Adam would do before he placed him in such precarious surroundings. Neither can we honestly deny that he knew our path before we were born. Then this question presents itself, “If he knows before birth those who will be damned, why did he not prevent their birth?”
How anyone could imagine that the all wise Father conceived a plan of creation and put it into action while he possessed the knowledge that it would not work and had never intended that it should is beyond my comprehension.
No one should object to our saying that Yahweh is unlimited in every sense of the word and sees the end as he sees the beginning. Otherwise, the book of Revelation could not be taken seriously, seeing that Yahweh cannot know the future. But we must agree that he possesses omniscience; to doubt that, is to doubt his divinity.
Someone might ask, “If Yahweh is the source of wisdom and mercy, why did he purposely arrange a situation where man would be tempted with a temptation that was to be so devastating to his own plan and purpose?” Yahweh is Love and the source of all wisdom and mercy. All his acts are manifestations of these three attributes. His actions in the garden are above reproach. Then did Adam transgress? Of a certainty he did! But what was his motive? Did he set out to defy Yahweh with a spiteful attitude? What was the nature of this creature that Yahweh had created to become a king of His universe? Would an all-wise God create a creature destined to rule the universe and withhold from him a strong desire to fulfill that purpose?
The sin that beset the first couple was a wrong method of attaining that which they were to become. But did Yahweh not know when he created the desire in them that it would tempt them to operate under their own strength? He most certainly did; but after the first man did what every man has done since that day, which was to flatten himself at the mercy of the Almighty, the Creator could begin the second phase of molding the clay into a vessel fitted for his purpose. This creature was to function in godhood, but only through the wisdom and power of the Almighty. Knowledge of good and evil gave him the responsibility of kingship but did not give him the power to function successfully in that realm.
It was never intended that the first nature of man would rule; for from the beginning Yahweh purposed to bring the creation from the earthly realm into the new creation in Christ. If the man was to become a ruler over Yahweh’s creation, he had to first function in a very limited realm of knowledge and progress into the higher realm. Had his mind been preprogrammed to every detailed action of godhood, he could have never become the expressed image of the Father, for man would have been nothing more than a puppet. Yahweh could not find fellowship with that which he had created. The creature had to go through a transformation that would bring him into a God-likeness before there could be a true fellowship. We do not fellowship that which our hands have made.
Everything that exists does so because it operates under the influence of a given principle, or law. Without this law it could not exist; this includes the creation of mankind. The purpose of the Creator cannot be fully realized until the creature is developed into the image and likeness of the Creator. Until this manifestation is made clear, man cannot begin to operate by the principle that will give existence to him. This principle exists because it is the law of life, and it cannot be broken. Adam’s blind choice had no effect on the principle; it remains unbroken and unaltered.
Adam did not die because Yahweh was angry with him and killed him; Adam died because he was unable to function in the Life-principle. The law of Life stood firm and yet stands unaffected by man, but man is to become eternally affected by the law of Life. “If we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly,” 1 Corinthians 15:44.
The River of Life is ever flowing with the love and life-energy of Yahweh to complete the creation cycle just as the Creator originally planned.
The scripture that seems to be one of the most neglected in the pulpit is found in Romans 8:19, 23 (quoted in the most literal meaning): “For the intense expectation of the creation is eagerly expecting and anticipating the disclosure, that is, the manifestation of the son’s of Yahweh, for the creation was not willingly subjected to transientness (a temporary condition), but was subjected to it through the will of him who did it with a pleasurable anticipation and confidence that also itself, the creation, will at a future time be freed from the slavery of corruption to the freedom of the glory of the birth children of Yahweh, For until now all of creation has groaned and travailed being enthralled by death, but not only them, but ourselves also, even we who have the firstfruit Spirit, groan within ourselves eagerly anticipating the son-placing, that is the full ransom of our body.”
Yasha is the living word, life, light, truth, and the way, but he is more; he is the resurrection. Adam rejected the truth and died (“…You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest ye die,” Genesis 3:3); but the truth became the manifested, or expressed word, and the expressed word became the resurrection, without which all men remain in death.
Yasha said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” St. John 8:32. We could paraphrase this by saying, “You will know the Word, and the Word will redeem you.”
Sin thrives on ignorance. Where enlightenment is, ignorance and sin will vanish, but where ignorance prevails, people act and react out of their blindness; thus they miss the mark, or transgress. Transgression produces pain, sickness, and death. In Genesis 1:26, before man was created, Yahweh’s intention in creation is made clear. “And Yahweh said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion….” After the man partook of the forbidden fruit, what were the consequences, and what do we hear the Creator saying? “And the Lord Yahweh said, Behold, the man (Adam) is become as one of us, to know good and evil…,” Genesis 3:22. I believe I can safely state that the man, before eating of the forbidden tree, had not became as Yahweh. Yet Yahweh’s original plan had been to bring the creature into his likeness, was it not? Who can say that Adam could have been in the likeness and image of the all-knowing Father without having first known good and evil? Before we answer the question, we should review the scriptures in Genesis 3:5 and 3:22-23.
Yahweh had begun to create an earth-king. This king was to be in the image and likeness of his creator. He was not to be a clay puppet. This king had to be able to control a universe. He was to rule in the essence of Yahweh. Now by a self-inflicted blow the man first (earthly) Adam became a sacrifice, or in other words out of his misguided desire for godhood, Adam sacrificed himself. The Life-force came on the scene and began to work itself into dead Adam to bring about a resurrection, but not the old nature. It was necessary for the old nature to pass, but out of that death realm came forth the new creation.
Yahweh is Spirit; man was flesh with the potential to become Spirit. Man had to be given opportunity to exercise a will and to function if he was to be developed into the expressed image of the Father. Without an initiative, man would have been nothing more than stone. But man had to experience a metamorphosis; he must shed the outer or earthly in order to process into god-likeness. But he had to do it willingly, by his own choice; otherwise he would have been no more than a robot. The initiative had to be allowed to function on its own, but remember the man is at this time without knowledge, except he is aware that the act would produce death in him. Adam’s desire was to become as Yahweh. The tempter falsely accused Yahweh, but he did it with a half-truth. “For Yahweh does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil,” Genesis 3:5. Yahweh confirmed this part of the tempter’s statement in Genesis 3:22, “And Yahweh Elohim said, Behold, the man is become as one of us to know good and evil….”
The truth of the scriptures seems to be buried under a heap of mistranslated and misunderstood words and phrases, especially in dealing with the words that create the eternal torture concept. It does seem reasonable to accept the word eternal or everlasting to mean endless time. So many people have accepted the eternal torment theory without question. But it does not, or should not, take a Hebrew or Greek scholar to figure out that a word cannot mean eternal if it is spoken of in the plural and in some places designates a time coming before and also tells of things happening afterwards. Jonah was said to have been in the belly of the fish forever. What ever the true meaning of the word is, it certainly cannot mean endless time. The Lord said Jonah was in the whale three days and three nights.
The best way to understand the true meaning of the word eternal is to compare it with the circle of a ring. It has no beginning and no ending. The only thing that can be recognized as eternal is Yahweh; everything else has a beginning. There was a time when nothing except Yahweh existed. So in a true sense, we should not use eternal in connection with any created thing. It should not require much education for a person to understand that if a person is to be eternally tortured, that person has been in a state of torment as long as Yahweh has existed and will continue to be as long as Yahweh exists. There would have never been a time that the person was not being tormented, and there shall never be a time when he or she will not be tormented.
We judge things by comparing them with their opposites. A seven-foot man is considered very tall if we compare him with a man that is three and a half feet tall. We comprehend distance, height, depth, good, friendliness, generosity, and many other things by comparing them with their opposites. Everything has its opposite. And it is difficult to understand why educated men, in trying to find an accurate meaning for biblical words, found it necessary to express any word by using its opposite. An age is a designated span of time. A child is three years of age; this is the way we have of informing others of what stage of process a person or thing has reached. Eternal is the opposite of age. To say that Yahweh is eternal is to say he is not involved in the aging process; He will not change. To designate the age of anything is to give a measurement to its time of process. If I should say, “As I was walking today I met a boy walking alone,” without the age of the boy being expressed my story would not be interesting to my listener. But if I should say, “As I walked today, I met a two- year old boy walking alone,” my listener would become interested in my story.
The ability to express times and ages makes it possible for us to understand many things. But when the translators of the Bible decided to express times and ages by using a word that had an opposite meaning, the meaning became distorted. As an example, in Saint John 9:32, we read, “Since the world (aion) began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.” Then in Mark 10:30, “But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world (aion) to come eternal (aionion) life.” Then in Matthew 13:39, “The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world (aion) and the reapers are the angels.”
The word world in the above scriptures is also found in Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever (aion) and ever (aion).” Many people will argue that the word “aion” in Matthew 13:39 designates a period of time that began and will end when its usefulness no longer exists, and then firmly affirm that the word “aion” in Revelation 14:11 is not a span of time, but is speaking of eternity.
The New Testament word everlasting comes from a Greek word aionion (aionion #166 in the Strong’s Concordance) except in Jude 6. Mr. James Strong seemed to think aionion could mean both age and eternal, because age is the opposite of eternal. Though I usually agree with Mr. Strong, it is hard to believe it would be reasonable to think a word could have two completely opposite meanings.
Some people argue that translating the word aionion to mean age-lasting would imply that neither Yahweh nor his Son are eternal. The scriptures that speak of Yahweh and Christ as being age-lasting speak of their walk with us through our transition, or through the ages; other scriptures affirm that both the Father and the Son are eternal.
Everyone agrees that Yahweh is omnipotent and omniscient; therefore, He is sovereign and rules over all the earth and has the power to overcome all obstacles. Therefore, His original plan will unfold and develop as He ordained before He created the earth. Many people cannot see this mystery because they are blinded by the mistranslations of different versions of the Bible. When one compares His actions with His character, one sees a loving Father who created man to grow into His likeness by destroying the old nature and putting on a new one. His infinite will is to have all men saved, so he will not stop working with mankind until this is completed.