There once was a landscape designer, who created the most incredible garden ever seen, he managed to put in every type of plant and tree imaginable and made it possible for wild animals, birds and fish to inhabit his “creation”.  After a few days he decided that he wanted someone to tend and look after this amazing place, “we need someone after my own heart”, and so the man managed all that was in that place.

A little while later, the designer felt that the man needed help, it wasn’t good for him to be alone in that place, so the man was given a companion. Both occupants of the garden were told that all the fruit was good for them, the only thing that they were not allowed to pick was the fruit from a tree that would alter their minds!

As time went on a creature invaded this perfect habitat, it spoke to the companion, questioning the rule against eating the fruit saying things like surely the designer wouldn’t have put a tree in the garden which would cause you harm! Try a bit, go on!”

He was so convincing that she did take a bite, she then offered it to the man and he also bit a chunk out of the fruit.  They suddenly became more aware of themselves, no longer happy and content with their life and surroundings, they saw all the imperfections within themselves. The fruit caused a sickness within themselves for which the cure had not yet been created on earth.

When the designer returned that evening, he had to shout for the disobedient pair as they were hiding and were ashamed, instantly knowing what had happened, he found them and asked why?  The man blamed the woman, the woman blamed the creature and the designer was saddened by the betrayal. Ordering the pair out of the garden he told them life would now be harder for them all including the persuasive creature.

Human beings have within them the capacity for doing good and doing evil, whether it is lying to others, lusting after someone that they are not in a relationship with or killing another human being, we are all guilty at some time in our life!  We are all “sick” with a disease for which the cure came 2000 odd years ago, I thank the Lord Jesus that he came for the sick, he is that cure!

We have laws and morals for living our lives, in theory so that we all live in peace but if one or more don’t follow the same laws or beliefs, harm comes to us and others.  I don’t agree with calling other people horrible names as i said in “sticks and stones” but others do not have an issue with treating others poorly! Racism is ridiculous as the human genome project is proving, we are all related if scientists look far enough back in our genetic history, but there have been laws based on racist thought processes, some people including Donald Trump still think this mindlessly!

The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart, we are programmed to live selfishly, some may try to “do good” to compensate their misdeeds but that is akin to a bank robber suddenly deciding to help an old lady across the street to make up for the robbery!  We deserve punishment for our failures to love our fellow man and always do good and as i said last week, there is only one person (in three parts) who can help with our debt of love and that is the one person who has an abundance of unconditional love! That is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

If you don’t believe that this is true then what do you believe? Are we just primordial ooze accidentally formed into meat with random firings of cells causing us to act a certain way?