Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,
Sing, Heavenly Muse …
(John Milton, Paradise Lost: The First Book, lines 1-6)
John Milton sets us up wonderfully well to discuss the intellectual and spiritual framework that underpins our dualistic world — good and evil, right and wrong, sin and forgiveness, crime and punishment, angels and demons, God and Satan …
Frankly, I don’t buy it.
The mythology in which God’s beautiful design and perfect intention went tragically, horribly wrong simply does not make logical sense to me.
Everything is okay as it is … Isn’t it?
Why can’t everyone see it?
Or am I missing something here?
Remember the old Zen saying? — “If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.”
Now … time for an intuitive leap: in Revelation 13:8, Jesus is referred to as “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”