In the account of the Fall in the Garden of Eden, man is deceived by Satan and encouraged to ignore God's warning and partake of the knowledge of good and evil. In so doing, man gained the ability to judge and condemn one another, an exercise in omnipotence for which man was unprepared. Subsequent to this initial deception and misstep, mankind embarked on a history long effort to identify and eradicate evil men, making great use of the knowledge gained by ignoring God and heeding the Devil. In the process, religious thought, as aptly illustrated in the Old Testament, developed so as to reinforce the perceived requirement for eternal warfare between good and evil men. The nation of
As the Bible narrative unfolds, Jesus Christ is introduced as God's messenger and God's answer to the problem introduced in the Garden. Astoundingly, in view of prevailing religious thought, Jesus directs his followers to give up being warriors and become servants. Instead of seeking out evil to destroy it, they are to practice humility, meekness, and forbearance in dealing with their fellowmen. Jesus preached unity and brotherhood, rejecting the old Jewish practice of segregation, elitism, and eye for an eye justice.
Ironically, the institutional church, which purports to be Christ agency on earth, has turned the message of Jesus on its head. The evidence of Jesus' redirecting mankind away from the knowledge of good and evil has been subverted so as to reinforce the results of man's original indiscretion in the Garden. Judging, condemnation, and warfare are still the chosen business of the church. Believing that perpetuating what resulted from the Original Sin can be a part of the solution to that sin is the Devil's own lie all over again.