The Bible,        A Unification Perspective

 

The Purpose of Life
The First Blessing
Be Fruitful 

  In my creative writing course in High School, we were  asked to come up with a title for our annual journal. In it would be all the best, funniest, and most creative excerpts of our class time for that year.  I think I did have one or two things submitted within it's back pages,, but I've forgotten them after all this time.  However, I am proud to say that my idea for it's title carried the day.   
   
  Paper Mirrors.
 
  Paper Mirrors won because I think everyone recognized the clear but subtle truth it conveyed.  That the investment within it's pages was a simple reflection of ourselves, hopefully at our best.  In other words, we see a reflection of ourselves in our creative efforts.  And if our works exhibit the original spark of our ideas then we're of course pleased. We feel joy and happiness.

   The same is true for God.

   His fundamental motive for creating was to experience love, joy and happiness.  The nature and impulse of love itself is to seek another. God, being eternal,  sought an eternal partner.  Man & Woman didn't merely begin as an idea within God.  More precisely, God was reproducing himself in the couple of Adam & Eve.  More than any other creation God sought to become one with this first couple, living within and through them,, his very own children.


 
1 Corinthians 3:16 - 17   Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's spirit lives in you? ,,,  for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

   So God Blessed them saying,,

  
"Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Gen 1:28

   So then God is seeking love and joy through man,,, you and I.  Then our purpose, our life is fulfilled in returning joy and love to God.  Our life is inextricably linked to God.  How then is our purpose fulfilled?  How do we return joy to God?

   This we call the Three Great Blessings, which were conveyed in
Gen 1:28. Be fruitful, multiply and have dominion. But here I would like to share their more precise inner meaning.

    Be Fruitful

  To be Fruitful, means to grow and mature.  Just as a tree must mature before it bears fruit.  Adam & Eve were to grow and mature into perfection before advancing to the next blessing.

Jesus said  "You must be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt. 5:48). 

   Jesus himself had to grow to reach perfection.
 
  
Isaiah 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.  But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.
 
  This period of growth within man is the most critical stage in the creation process, because this is the stage wherein lies the danger of man's fall and disobedience.  And for reasons we'll discuss later, God does not interfere with man's free will and responsibility, but seeks to influence man indirectly in the growing process by giving his words and commandments. Be ye perfect,,, Being one with God, we would think and feel precisely as He does.
 
  In that state of divine love there would be no possibility of a fall or corruption of man. Every thought or act would be motivated by love from God for our fellow man.

          

 

   

 

The Purpose of Life
The Second Blessing
Multiply
 
  
Gen 1:28 Be fruitful and multiply, 
   
   Jesus said,
  
 
  "Haven't you read, that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?  So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate." Matt 19:4-6

    There is no greater change of life that one can experience than in the birth of your own children, and to share this with the man or woman you love.  This experience has moved my wife and I so far beyond single life that I scarcely remember what it was like.  And I must admit that the transformation was even more remarkable and beautiful to observe in her.  So much of her mind, efforts and time are taken up in caring for the home, myself and our son.  Yes, there are people in the world,, but then there are Parents.
 

   In Paul's letter to the church in Corinth he states;

   
"It is good for a man not to marry. But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband." 1 Cor 7:1-2

 
"Now to the unmarried and widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion."  1Cor 7:8-9

    Paul of course is speaking to the state of fallen man, and his disposition to sin.  In our discussion of The Three Blessings we're speaking of the world as God designed and intended. Man & Woman would approach marriage with God's blessing and as a Holy
Sacrament and in the state of spiritual maturity and  perfection. Man & Woman would then
embrace the Heart of God as True
Parents and give birth to their own sinless children. Children would be raised literally in the lap of God, experiencing His  love through perfected parents. Brothers & sisters would grow in  an atmosphere of unselfishness and love as the primary motive and ethic in life. Then that love and goodness would be multiplied through the family to the society, nation and world. This was God's hope and  plan before the fall.
 
The Purpose of Life
The Third Blessing
Have Dominion

  The Bible offers a sad indictment on our record as stewards of God's handiwork.

 
Romans 8:19 "The creation waits in eager expectations for the Sons of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by it's own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope, that the creation itself will be liberated to it's bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time."

   What God intended was that through the fulfillment of the First Blessing, individual perfection, and that of the Second Blessing, family perfection, that man would then stand qualified as Holy Temples and Lords of Creation. And as such we would exist in harmony and love within it.

 
"Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."  Gen 1:28
 
    Therefore, life in the spirit world was not the only place God meant for us to find heaven. The whole process and experience of life in this world, and in the next, was intended for us to experience God's love to it's fullest.

     Jesus understood this and in his prayer expressed God's intention.

    
"Our Father in Heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."  Matt 6:9-10

 

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