Is there still a tree of life?

In the Old Testament we read about the garden of Eden and the tree of life.  Genesis 3:23 says, ‘…So the Lord God banished him [Adam and Eve after they were disobedient and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil] from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.  After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.’  What about it?

# Is there still a tree of life?

  • Revelation 22:2 says that the tree of life lines the great river that flows from the throne of God in the New Jerusalem.
  • However, that does not help us much, because we need to eat from the tree of life now to be able to live eternally then.  Fortunately Proverbs 3:13-18 tells us we can still eat of the tree of life, ‘Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding….  She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, those who lay hold of her will be blessed.’

#  Where does one find the tree of life?

Proverbs 2:1-5 says, ‘My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find knowledge of God.’  The source of wisdom, knowledge and understanding is the Bible.

#  The tree of life (wisdom and understanding) is hidden in Jesus.

Paul wrote to the people at Galatia, ‘My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and understanding.’  Colossians 2:2,3

#  Jesus is the gate back to Eden.

We see the logic and beauty of Scripture in John 10:1-18.  Jesus said:

  • He is the Gate for the sheep [believers].
  • Whoever enters through Him will be saved.
  • They will find pasture as He leads them.
  • As the good Shepherd He knows His sheep and will lead them with care.
  • As the good Shepherd, He lays down His life for the sheep and takes it up again.
  • The fact that He took up His life again means He can lead all the sheep that came after Calvary.

Conclusion

Jesus Christ, the Cross, the opening of the gate to Eden and the tree of life, are all in one book: the Holy Word of God.  At Calvary, Christ combined the entrance back to God’s presence (after the closed gate to the garden of Eden separated us) and the tree of life (found in Scripture), so we can inherit it all one day in the age to come: glorious eternal life with our blessed Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.

Creation and salvation are closely linked.

Many churches and individual Christians shy away from Genesis 1.  They either claim it is not an important issue, because it is a divisive element in the Church, or they believe that it is not possible that God could be the Creator (or whatever).

# What happens when one denies God as the Creator?

  • The foundation of faith for forgiveness is wiped out.  The most important aspect of the Christian faith is forgiveness for one’s sins by Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  But, the right to forgive is linked to creation.

#  The Forgiveness creation link.

  • Jesus demonstrated this connection between Creator and Saviour when they brought the paralysed man to Him.  He said to him, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’  The teachers of the law thought by themselves, ‘Why does this fellow talk like that?  He’s blaspheming!  Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ (Note: only God can forgive sins.)
  • Jesus immediately knew what they were thinking, and said, “Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk?’  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, …He said to the paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’”  What Jesus did was to prove that as Creator (the paralysed man was healed), He can be the Saviour (forgive sins).  The logical question is where did He get the right to forgive sins?

# God and Jesus have the right to

  • Define what sin is;
  • Announce the penalty for sin, namely death;
  • Present a remedy, namely the exchange of an innocent animal’s blood for the guilty;
  • To find in Jesus’ death on the Cross a permanent Sacrifice, the Lamb of God.

#  Why do they have the right to define sin and forgive?  

  • God created the heavens and the earth.  Therefore He is the Possessor of heaven and earth.
  • God as rightful Owner of this creation has the right to decree what offends Him.  It is just like the leader of a country who decrees the laws for the citizens.
  • God also has the right to declare what the punishment is when people break His laws.  (Remember Jesus is also the Creator according to John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:16.)

#  God, the Owner, decreed forgiveness.

  • His own Son, Jesus, paid the penalty of sin on the Cross.  Jesus gives new birth and eternal life through His resurrection.  He opens the way to heaven through His ascension.
  • God is able to save humanity out from under the yoke of the evil one, because He as Creator and Owner can decree salvation for those who want it.

Conclusion 

One cannot spread the message of forgiveness of sins by Jesus, but deny creation by God.  That is one of the reasons many reject the Christian message.  They realise that without God the Creator, there can be no God the Forgiver.  No Jesus the Creator, no Jesus the Redeemer.

References

1. Mark 2:4-12

The miracle of stardust

Stardust is supposed to be a miracle substance.  The following quote is how prominent cosmologist, Lawrence Krauss, explains it,

“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded.  And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand.  It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust.  You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution – weren’t created at the beginning of time.  They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode.  So, forget Jesus.  The stars died so that you could be here today.” Let’s look at this miracle stardust.

#  How did the first stars form? 

  • Basically the ‘science’ is that stardust comes from the big bang and exploding stars. It is said that stars formed from clouds of gas that were compressed by an exploding star, a supernova.
  • The problem is that stars are needed to form stars and the stardust.  But the origin of the first stars remain a mystery. 2  So where does the stardust come from?

#  The ‘stardust’ in the Periodic Table

  • Anybody who studies the Periodic Table will understand how precise the elements with their different atomic weights, et cetera, are.  It is remarkable in its very high precision.
  • The public is asked to believe that the stardust in all its complexity (elements represented in the Periodic Table) evolved by chance from stars whose origin remain a mystery.
  • But, for the world at war with the Creator God, these kinds of ‘miracles’ like stardust that formed humans, are everyday stuff.  Wave the wand of evolution, and presto, it is done.

#  How wise and intelligent can stardust be?

  • As Krauss says, stardust precisely formed humans.  That should include the earth, water, clouds, land, plants, birds, fish, animals, diamonds, et cetera.
  • That is the so-called ingenious wisdom and intelligence of the evolution of stardust: it ‘created’ all life on earth.

#  The hero: stardust!

  • Did stardust really accumulate in the right proportions of the right elements to form life?  Thousands of researchers cannot prove in the laboratory that life began naturally.  Yet stardust did it.  What a miracle!
  • Did stardust design the precision of the genetic code, the DNA, and the ATP energy producing machine in living organisms?
  • What about the immaterial mind in humans?  Was all that done by the hero, stardust?

Conclusion 

  • As we quoted Lawrence Krauss, ‘Forget Jesus.  The stars died so that you could be here today,’ terming that the most poetic thing he knows in physics. 1,3
  • Just to demonstrate the foolishness of believing that nature has a mind and creative ability: stardust will lead those who believe in it to a terrible future of eternal remorse and torture.

References

  1. Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
  2. R Bernitt, Stellar Evolution and the Problem of the ‘first’ Stars, Technical Journal (16) 1, 2002; J Sarfati, Stars, Creation 36(2): 39-42, April 2014
  3. Dr Faulkner, Spinning Stardust into God, Oct 26, 2017, Answers in Genesis