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The Tree of Knowledge - Poison or Protection?
I have been thinking a lot about how God is a God of love and not a cruel God. I have gotten to a point that i cant think past, What was the point of God putting the tree of the Knowledge of good and evil in the garden. I just don't see the point in it. the only thing that could come out of that tree was death but still God put it there.
To put it into perspective its like a loving father creating the perfect environment for his new born child to live and grow, but then he puts chocolate bar in the middle of his house that he has injected poison into. Would not a loving father protect his children from death rather than putting it in the middle of their habitat?
A confused listener
Thanks for sharing how this message has been a blessing. The key to understanding the Tree of Knowledge is understanding God’s law. Do you see and understand God’s law as the design parameters upon which life is constructed, like the law of gravity, laws of thermodynamics, law of liberty, law of worship, law of love, the construction protocols for life, etc.? Or, do you consider God’s law to be arbitrary rules, like human laws, with no inherent consequence for breaking them except as arbitrarily determined, legislated, and enforced?
If we consider God’s law like human law, then we look at the Garden and wonder what is going on. We falsely conclude that God was setting them up, or God introduced something harmful in their path, just waiting for them to stumble over it.
But there was nothing poisonous about the fruit; it was not physically harmful in any way, so the analogy of the poison candy doesn’t really work. That comparison makes it appear that something dangerous and deadly was put in the garden. But this is not so. The tree was not dangerous or deadly. What was dangerous and deadly was to break trust with God, to believe lies and act on them, to deviate from His design for life, and to choose to change themselves from beings operating upon the protocols of perfect love to beings operating upon fear and selfishness.
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All three of our seminars are now FREE, including shipping to the US, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand (via our Australian distrubution center). However, we regret that due to extraordinary over-seas shipping costs, delivery to all other countries has been discontinued.
Despite the above challenge to our resources, we've been very encouraged by the overwhelming response to our seminars! In fact, many who order just one copy discover just how beneficial the material is and end up ordering another set to share, then ordering multiple amounts again to pass out. So, to help reduce these multiple mailings (and postage), we encourage you to watch the seminars on-line before ordering. This way you can better determine if you will want to order more than just one or two copies each and instead order as many as you think you can share. Click the titles of each seminar below to watch.
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God And Your Brain: A three-part, 2-disc seminar recorded live, November, 2013, in which Christian psychiatrist Dr. Tim Jennings explores how our brains are in a constant state of flux and how our view of God changes us, physically and spiritually. As you watch these professionally produced presentations you will discover how your beliefs change your brain wiring, your physical health, and how even certain genes are turned on and off.
- The God-Shaped Brain - How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life
- Designer or Dictator? An Exploration of God's Law and Justice
- Buddha, Jesus, and The Brain
Healing The Mind: A six-part, 3-disc seminar recorded live in 2008, in which Christian psychiatrist Dr. Tim Jennings equips you with tools necessary to successfully cooperate with God for the healing of your mind. You will learn how the mind was designed to work, how sin damaged the mind, how God's methods heal the mind, how God's law of Love and Liberty impact mental and relational health, and how our thoughts and choices affect brain wiring and neural development.
- The Mind - God's Design, What Went Wrong?
- God's Principle - The Law of Love and Liberty
- The Fix for Failing Families
- Demolishing Satan's Strongholds
- Depression - The Brain and Body Connection
Modern Medicine, Biblical Technology, and the Brain: A six-part, 2-disc seminar recorded live, September, 2012, in which Dr. James Marcum, speaker/director of Heartwise Ministries and a board-certified cardiologist practicing with the Chattanooga Heart Institute, TN and Christian pyschiatrist Dr. Tim Jennings teach you how the mind was designed to work, how sin damaged the mind, how God’s methods heal the mind, and how God’s law of love and liberty impacts mental and relational health. They also explore the connection between the mind and brain and how your thoughts and choices affects your brain.
- Balance in Health Care
- The Developing Brain
- The Science of Belief
- Prolonged Exposure
- Drug-free Treatments for Depression
- The Aging Brain
"The God-Shaped Brain" now on sale!
In this book Dr. Tim Jennings introduces you to the Integrative, Evidence-Based approach of understanding scripture. This method harmonizes scripture, science, and experience. He presents the Great Controversy over God's character and contrasts the two views of His Law, documenting the impact each view has upon neuro-development, mental health, and physical and relationship health. He presents a complete atonement model explaining why Christ had to die and answers questions, contrasting the various views about our origins, judgment, punishment, and God's wrath, identifying which one can heal any kind of person.
The last chapter entitled, "Buddha, Jesus and The Brain," explores the difference in how Buddha and Jesus dealt with their confrontation with death and the significant impact on brain function and structure that eastern meditation has compared to Biblical meditation.
This book makes a compelling, evidenced-based case for a God of love and His methods of love. It is easy to understand and brings to a practical level why it is so important to live in harmony with God and his design for life.
The publisher, InterVarsity Press, has not translated this book into any other languages at this time.
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Biblical Keywords: Comparing Definitions
Many times on issues like justice, judgment, atonement, satisfaction, etc. we encounter conflicts with others who seem to not appreciate or oppose what we are saying. In our Bible study class we have for some months now explored truth by contrasting the two ways God’s law is viewed – natural or imposed. It struck me that comparing how these key words are defined under these two opposing law constructs would help clarify much of the terminology used in Scripture and expose why there is so much confusion. To that end I’ve created a chart of these biblical keywords and concepts and compare how they are defined under each of these views of God's Law. Click Here to get it!
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Over the years Come and Reason Ministries has amassed a library of articles on many topics you have questions about. From justification to punishment to the sanctuary to God's wrath and so much more, your questions can usually be answered simply by doing a SEARCH of this site using the search box above!
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Love, Truth, and Freedom Study Guides
Our second Love, True, & Freedom Bible Study Guide is now available for download and on-line reading as a print-ready PDF!
The topic of this 13 week study is: The Cosmic Conflict Over God's Character, by Drs. Brad and Dorothee Cole, both practicing neurologists. Brad is also a professor of neurology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA.
The Coles have an enormous amount of additional media material authored by them and many others available on thier God's Character website.
Get your FREE copy of "Love, Truth, & Freedom Bible Study Guide: The Cosmic Conflict" here!
HeartWise Ministries, Chattanooga, TN, is dedicated to helping God’s children find the Biblical truth in this over-marketed society. They are a unique ministry in today’s world for those seeking this truth that leads to love, which is the ultimate path to healing, both physically and spiritually.
Visit the Heartwise website at HeartwiseMinistires.org to watch recently televised episodes of "The Heart of Health - Live!"